Hillsborough: Families welcome suspension of Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton

Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton Credit: Dave Higgens/PA

Video report by ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy

Families have welcomed the suspension of the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton.

It comes the day after an inquest into the Hillsborough disaster delivered a finding of "unlawful killing" for the 96 football fans who lost their lives on 15 April 1989.

Dr Alan Billings, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, confirmed Crompton's suspension, saying he had reached the decision "with a heavy heart" and due to "the erosion of public trust and confidence".

Dawn Copley, Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, has been appointed as Temporary Chief Constable after the suspension of Crompton.

A group of 22 families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster called for the resignation of the current chief constable of South Yorkshire Police after the findings were announced.

Barry Devonside, whose son Christopher died at Hillsborough, said he was "very, very pleased" at the news of Crompton's suspension,saying "this is the start now of dealing with the police".

The police are now following two criminal investigations into the Hillsborough disaster after the police force's handling of the disaster and the subsequent investigation was called into question.