West Yorkshire Chief Constable Bettiston quits following Hillsborough inquiry

West Yorkshire Police's chief constable, Sir Norman Bettison

West Yorkshire Police's chief constable, Sir Norman Bettison

A senior police officer accused of overseeing a cover-up in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster has resigned from West Yorkshire police.

Sir Norman Bettison submitted his resignation as the chief constable ahead of a meeting in scheduled to consider his role in the Hillsborough disaster.

At the time of the Hillsborough tragedy, Mr. Bettison was a South Yorkshire Police inspector who attended the match as a spectator and later took part in an internal inquiry.

Mr. Bettison has stated: “I do so, not because of any allegations about the past, but because I share the view that this has become a distraction to policing in West Yorkshire now and in the future.”

Bettison, 56,  a chief inspector with South Yorkshire Police at the time of the disaster in which 96 football fans died, had been due to retire next March, but had been called upon to step down with immediate effect by the region’s police authority due to rising calls for him to quit earlier.

He is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following the Hillsborough Independent Panel report published in September which revealed that he “attempted to influence the decision-making process of the West Yorkshire Police Authority in connection with the referral that they had made”.

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