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South Yorkshire Chief Constable steps down after one day

Deputy Chief Constable Dawn Copley, who was appointed acting chief constable of South Yorkshire Police after the suspension of David Crompton following the Hillsborough inquest findings, has "offered to step back to her substantive role" while another temporary chief constable is sought, South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said.

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Ex Federation chief Middup refuses to comment on Hillsborough findings

Paul Middup, who was chairman of the South Yorkshire branch of the Police Federation when the Hillsborough disaster occurred, has refused to comment on the inquest's verdict that fans were not to blame.

When ITV News visited him at his home, he said: "I'm not making any statement whatsoever about Hillsborough."

At the time, he was quoted in The Sun as confirming stories published under the headline The Truth, and he was also filmed telling ITV News that the "vast majority" of fans had been drinking and were not listening to police.

When asked directly whether fans were to blame, he said at the time: "The police certainly aren't to blame, because if the fans would do what the police had asked them to do, there wouldn't be any problem, because people would be orderly."

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