New Hillsborough inquest calls

The relatives of the Hillsborough victims are seeking new inquests into their deaths after previously unseen documents about the disaster were unveiled.

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Hillsborough lawyers to write to Attorney General

Lawyers acting on behalf of families of those killed in the Hillsborough disaster will write to the Attorney General demanding that new inquests be held.

The Hillsborough Families Support Group (HFSG) met at Anfield on Sunday to discuss the next step in its campaign for justice for the 96 victims of the 1989 disaster. Relatives of the Hillsborough victims are demanding that any new inquests - be held in Liverpool not Sheffield.


Chief Constable welcomes watchdog referral

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison has issued this statement after a complaint against him regarding the Hillsborough disaster was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

I welcome this step. I spoke with the Chief Executive of the Police Authority this morning and told him I would be pleased to see the Authority take this action. It is time this moved into a more formal and legal enquiry, where it can be considered, analysed and fully assessed.

– Sir Norman Bettison, West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable

Complaint against West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable goes to IPCC

At a meeting today of West Yorkshire Police Authority’s Special Committee, its members agreed to record a complaint against the Chief Constable, Sir Norman Bettison, and immediately referred it to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for investigation.

"A number of factors led to the Committee taking the decision to refer the complaint to the IPCC, including the gravity of the subject matter, the wholly exceptional circumstances and a pressing need to maintain public confidence in both policing governance and the police complaints system.

“It is important that the facts are fully established and evidence considered from other sources before any further decisions are taken. The IPCC, as an independent body with a statutory duty to uphold the police complaints system, is best placed to conduct such investigations.”

– Richard Baldwin, Chair of the Special Committee

Sir Norman was an off-duty South Yorkshire Police inspector when he attended the game and was involved in an internal inquiry held by the force in its aftermath. On Thursday he denied any wrongdoing but sparked fury with his comments, which led to calls for him to resign.

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