Hillsborough – Sir Norman Bettison Resigns Amid Cover-Up Allegations

Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison has today resigned with immediate effect from the West Yorkshire Police Force.

Bettison, as a member of South Yorkshire Police, was involved in the investigation into the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster, which killed 96 Liverpool fans. In recent times, allegations had begun to mount against him that he had been involved in altering witness statements in order to shift the blame for  the loss of life from the police force, to the Liverpool fans themselves.

The news has been greeted by families of those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster with satisfaction, as many see Sir Norman as a figurehead for the alleged cover-up.

With Bettison due to retire in March of next year, pressure has been growing in recent weeks for him to leave his post at shorter notice.

In a brief statement, the Chief Constable explained: “The police authority, and some of the candidates in the forthcoming PCC elections, have made it clear that they wish me to go sooner. I do so, not because of any allegations from the past, but because I share the view that this has become a distraction to policing in West Yorkshire now and in the future.”

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