Saturday 23 November 2019

Hillsborough police chief avoids probe after sudden retirement

UNDER-fire police chief Norman Bettison will not face any internal police misconduct charges relating to the Hillsborough disaster following his sudden resignation.

He will also retire with an annual pension of £83,000 (€103,000) it has emerged.

The chief constable, who investigated the tragedy for South Yorkshire Police, has been under growing pressure since the Hillsborough Independent Panel report was published.

Mr Bettison resigned after weeks of criticism since the report revealed a huge police cover-up in the wake of the tragedy, which left 96 Liverpool fans dead.

Earlier this week, the pressure on the long-serving officer intensified with claims that he bragged about being asked to "concoct" an account of what happened when he was investigating the 1989 disaster as a South Yorkshire Police chief inspector.

He has always denied any involvement in a cover-up or any wrong-doing. He said he resigned yesterday because the controversy had become a "distraction to policing in West Yorkshire".

Mr Bettison officially tendered his resignation ahead of a meeting to consider his role in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

While he will not now be able to face misconduct charges, he will still be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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