Monday 19 March 2018

Call for police chief in Hillsborough row to quit

Dave Higgens London

West Yorkshire chief constable Norman Bettison should stand down now, according to the man who chaired his police authority until a fortnight ago.

Mark Burns-Williamson, who resigned as chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Authority to stand in the police commissioner elections, said Mr Bettison should go in the light of new information about his role in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster. He was referring to shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle's claims, made in the Commons, that Mr Bettison revealed he had been asked to help "concoct" the police's version of events.

Ms Eagle, a Merseyside MP, alleged Mr Bettison, who was chief inspector with South Yorkshire Police at the time of the disaster, was behind a "black propaganda" campaign.

"I feel Norman Bettison should stand down now in the best interests of the West Yorkshire Police," Mr Burns-Williamson said.

Irish Independent

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