Hillsborough inquiry - latest

After an independent panel found that there had been a cover-up over the Hillsborough disaster - with the blame being moved from police to the fans - more questions are being asked of those allegedly involved.

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Charity single for Hillsborough families

A fundraising single for the Hillsborough Disaster families is to take on The X Factor in the race for the Christmas number one. The musicians involved include Sheffield's Richard Hawley, The Clash's Mick Jones and Sixties star Gerry Marsden.

Robbie Williams's former song-writing partner Guy Chambers is to produce the single, a new version of The Hollies' hit He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. It will be released on December 17 with the aim of hitting number one in time for the festive season.

Proceeds from the single will go towards the Hillsborough families' legal costs in their fight for justice. It comes in the wake of a damning report into the handling of the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of a crowd crush at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.

Sir Norman Bettison resigns as Chief Constable

He had become a focus of increasing anger after allegations that he'd led a police cover-up to to blame fans for the Hillsborough disaster.

Today came perhaps the inevitable. West Yorkshire's Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison resigned - before the decision was taken out of his hands and into his bosses'.

But Sir Norman went down fighting - still denying that he did anything wrong in the aftermath of the tragedy 23 years ago, when he was a Chief Inspector with the South Yorkshire force.

Relatives of those who died say he should have gone long ago. David Hirst reports.


Sir Norman Bettison resigns

Under-fire West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison has resigned.

He tendered his resignation ahead of a meeting which was scheduled to consider his role in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which he investigated for South Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Police Authority vice-chair Les Carter confirmed.

Sir Norman has been under growing pressure since the Hillsborough Independent Panel report was published and he is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).


More Hillsborough cover-up allegations

There are shocking new allegations about the extent of the police cover up at Hillsborough and the role of West Yorkshire's Chief Constable have been made to MPs during a special debate at Westminster.

The Merseyside MP Maria Eagle quoted a letter she'd received, in which a man from Sheffield, who was on a course with Sir Norman Bettison, claimed he was told by him that he'd been asked to "concoct" a story about Liverpool fans being drunk.

Today Claire Ashforth spoke exclusively to John Barry, a former civil servant from Sheffield, the man at the centre of Miss Eagle's allegations:

Bettison's position branded "untenable"

Two of the candidates standing to be West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner have branded Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison's position "untenable" after allegations about his involvement in a police cover-up of the Hillsborough disaster.

Labour candidate Mark Burns-Williamson and Conservative Geraldine Carter have said he should go.

Until recently Mr Burns-Williamson was the Chair of the West Yorkshire Police Authority.

It is understood the Authority will discuss Sir Norman's position at a meeting tomorrow.

He has been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The candidates standing are:

  • Mark Burns-Williamson - Labour
  • Geraldine Carter - Conservative
  • Cedric Christie - Independent
  • Andrew Marchington - Liberal Democrat
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