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Hillsborough inquiry recovers 90 police pocket books

To date 90 pocket notebooks have been handed into the police watchdog by retired and serving police officers from South Yorkshire Police that contained notes on the day of the Hillsborough disaster, the IPCC has said.

Deborah Glass, deputy chair of Police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In a statement the police watchdog added: "The books will be recovered by IPCC investigators this week to be analysed to determine whether they contain specific entries relating to Hillsborough."

74 more Hillsborough officer statements 'altered'

The police watchdog has revealed that statements of 74 more officers at the Hillsborough stadium disaster "may have been amended."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission made the revelation as it provided an update on the setting up of its inquiry into the tragedy:

From our work on this we have recovered West Midlands policy books that have never been seen by previous inquiries.

We have identified that the statements of 74 more officers may have been amended.

We have also uncovered material which would suggest that fans’ witness accounts may have been altered.

We have recovered pocket notebooks from officers who were on duty on the day of the match.

We are in the process of interviewing all the surviving officers whose accounts were amended.

– Deborah Glass, Independent Police Complaints Commission Deputy Chair


Witness 'not a member of Lawrence family'

Former police chief Sir Norman Bettison will be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Former police chief Sir Norman Bettison will be investigated by a watchdog over claims he tried to influence the way a witness gave evidence at the public inquiry following the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

The witness was reportedly not a member of the Lawrence family

Ex-police chief to be investigated by watchdog

Former police chief Sir Norman Bettison will be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over his handling of the witness information for the Macpherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence.

IPCC: Taking a 'critical look' at the way deaths are investigated

IPCC chairwoman Dame Anne Owers said that Sean Rigg's family had shown "determination and dignity" over a long period. She added:

We are already taking a critical look at the way we investigate deaths in general and this specific review, and the lessons to be learnt from it, will play an important part in the way that we develop and change our approach.

IPCC urges Mitchell to let police get on with inquiry

The police watchdog has replied to former chief whip Andrew Mitchell's letter, where he voiced concerns over the apparent leaking of a report into the 'plebgate' scandal.

In a letter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Mr Mitchell said the leaking of information had been "spun" to the officers advantage.

Deputy Chair of the IPCC Deborah Glass has replied:

While this does not rule out the possibility of the MPS file having been leaked, it also raises other possibilities, either that someone who may have been connected to the investigation or in possession of material had a conversation with a reporter, or that the author/s of the articles were reporting speculatively – I note, for example, the references in both stories to “…it is understood that..."

While I fully understand your concerns about these press reports, it appears to me that the public interest is best served by ensuring that the MPS [Met Police] are indeed carrying out a robust and thorough investigation into the initial incident and its aftermath.


Police offer condolences after death in custody

Northumbria Police has offered its condolences to relatives of a 43-year-old man who died in police custody today.

The man, who has not been named, was arrested on warrant on Thursday at his home in Houghton.

He was taken into custody after failing to appear at Gateshead Magistrates' Court on Tuesday for possessing an offensive weapon, and was seen by police doctors during his time in custody, the force said.

Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth said:

We offer our sincere condolences to this man's family and friends at what is clearly a difficult time for them.

Any death in police custody irrespective of the circumstances must be immediately referred to the IPCC and we are working with them to fully assist with their investigation.

Deaths in police custody are fortunately relatively uncommon and there were no custody deaths in the Northumbria Police area last year.

Investigation as 43-year-old man dies in police custody

A probe has been launched after a 43-year-old man died in police custody today.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed it is investigating the death at Washington Police Station in Northumbria in the early hours of this morning.

The man, who has not been named, had been arrested on a warrant on Thursday for failing to appear at court and was being held in police cells pending a court appearance, the IPCC said.

An IPCC spokesman added:

The available records indicate police officers requested the attendance of a police doctor in the evening on Friday 29 March and an ambulance was called at around 11:30 pm.

The man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead where he was pronounced dead at around 1am today.

His next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will take place later this afternoon. IPCC family liaison managers will meet with the man's family at the earliest opportunity to explain our role and to update them on our investigation.

IPCC to investigate Tyneside man's death in custody

The death of a man in custody who had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly is being investigated by the police watchdog.

The 34-year-old man was arrested by Northumbria Police and taken to a police station in South Tyneside last night.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said he was booked into custody at 8.25pm last night and was subject to 15 minutes of checks, but was found in his cell not breathing shortly after 10pm.

Paramedics were not able to resuscitate him and pronounced him dead at 11:44pm.

IPCC commissioner Nicholas Long said: "Any death in custody is a very serious matter and we will independently investigate to establish exactly what has happened in this case."

Police criticised for blunders in street killer case

The life sentence for Nicola Edgington, 32, came on the day that the Independent Police Complaints Commission found failings in the murder case:

  • Local police in Greenwich were not notified that Edgington was living in the area.
  • Police and police staff did not carry out a police national computer check on Edgington which would have alerted them to her previous conviction for manslaughter.
  • Officers missed an opportunity to use their powers under the Mental Health Act when Edgington tried to leave an A&E department shortly after she arrived with police.
  • Edgington's second 999 call from an A&E department was downgraded because she was considered to be in a place of safety and an officer was not asked to return despite Edgington saying she could be very dangerous.
  • The police only contacted the hospital after a fourth call had been received.
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