Derbyshire Police Force to investigate platinum theft claim

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DERBYSHIRE Police have been called in to investigate allegations former top South Yorkshire police officer Sir Norman Bettison was involved in the attempted sale of stolen platinum.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police, the force Sir Norman was serving with as inspector at the time of the allegations, said Derbyshire Constabulary had been asked to look into the claims against the former West Yorkshire chief constable.

The move follows a decision by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to refer the claims back to the South Yorkshire force.

The IPCC received a letter from Bassetlaw MP John Mann containing details of the allegations involving the attempted sale of a ‘large quantity’ of stolen platinum wire to Sheffield firm Johnson Matthey on August 11, 1987.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: “After careful consideration the IPCC has concluded this is a matter which can be referred back to the police service.”