Hillsborough probe police chief received perks

Former police chief Sir Norman Bettison
Former police chief Sir Norman Bettison
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The former South Yorkshire Police chief under investigation over the Hillsborough disaster received a £70,000 package of perks on top of his £169,359 salary when he was at the helm of neighbouring West Yorkshire Police.

Sir Norman Bettison, who resigned last year amid misconduct allegations over Hillsborough, was awarded the package in 2009 by West Yorkshire Police Authority, according to papers released under the Freedom of Information Act.

He was provided with a £36,594 car allowance every year, and £9,148 for his health and wellbeing, which included gym membership.

He was entitled to £15,000 a year for home security and was also given a credit card for paying for duties relating to his role, including entertaining at home.

Sir Norman is at the centre of a probe launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission about his conduct in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which claimed the lives of 96 football fans.

The police watchdog is looking at whether Sir Norman, who was a Chief Inspector with South Yorkshire Police at the time of the tragedy, gave inaccurate information to MPs when presenting the force’s version of events.