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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 05:47 PM

Hillsborough: Norman Bettison stands down from West Yorkshire police

The chief constable of West Yorkshire police, Sir Norman Bettison, has resigned, two days after he was accused in parliament of boasting about making up false stories to blame Liverpool supporters for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster while he was serving with South Yorkshire police.

The accusation was made by Maria Eagle, Labour MP for Liverpool Garston, based on an account of a conversation with Bettison given by John Barry, who studied with him on a part-time MBA at Sheffield Business School at the time of the Sheffield football stadium disaster.

...The Independent Police Complaints Commission has mounted an investigation into possible criminal misconduct by Bettison and other officers, including perverting the course of justice...

"Weeks after the game," Barry wrote, "we were in a pub after our weekly evening class. [Bettison] told me he had been asked by his senior officers to put together the South Yorkshire police evidence for the forthcoming [Taylor] inquiry. [Bettison] said: 'We are trying to concoct a story that all the Liverpool fans were drunk and we were afraid they were going to break down the gates, so we decided to open them'."


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