Bettison is referred to IPCC

The former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, Sir Norman Bettison, has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as part of an investigation into the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry.

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Bettison: Crime commissioner's statement

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has released the following statement about Sir Norman Bettison.

"I have become aware of three documents following a thorough search requested by West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Mark Gilmore. These documents raise significant concerns over the role of Sir Norman Bettison at the time he was Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police in 1998 in commissioning a report to be prepared in the respect of a key witness appearing before the Macpherson Inquiry.

"This may suggest an attempt to intervene in the course of a public inquiry and influence the manner in which the testimony of a witness, who was due to present evidence before it, was received. I have today referred this to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

"This is a matter which needs to be thoroughly investigated, and if wrongdoing is demonstrated those responsible must face the consequences of their actions.

"Doreen Lawrence and her family need their treatment by the police service reviewed independently and this must be done as a matter of urgency.

"I am sure the IPCC will do the same for these separate issues of concern indicating possible corrupt practices around the Macpherson Inquiry. I am now seeking an urgent meeting with the Home Secretary.

"Wider issues of any institutional racism in the police service may need to be tackled with a standalone inquiry but my referral today is to make sure we understand the truth regarding the conduct of Sir Norman Bettison. I welcome the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire rightly and swiftly recognising the seriousness of this issue and dealing with it in an open and transparent way. "

– Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire

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