Anger over Hillsborough police chief

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RELATIVES of football fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster have reacted angrily after it emerged a former police chief will escape action over his behaviour following the release of an independent report into the tragedy.

Sir Norman Bettison, who was a South Yorkshire Police Chief Inspector at the time of the disaster and alleged to have been involved in a cover up aimed at shifting blame away from the police, was criticised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission but will not face any action.

It has also been reported he will keep his £80,000 a year pension.

He was referred to the watchdog following the publication of a report by an independent panel set up to look at files on the disaster held by organisations since April 1989.

It ruled ‘he attempted to manipulate the public perception of the referral process (to the IPCC) for his own self-interest’.

The watchdog admitted had he not resigned from his post as Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police last year Sir Norman would have had ‘a case to answer for gross misconduct’.

Jenni Hicks, whose two teenage daughters were killed at Hillsborough, said: “Bettison leaving without any redress has conned us out of justice.

“What a waste of public money to produce this report when nothing can be done about him.

“Why did the police let him leave when they knew these proceedings were taking place.

“Bettison has escaped out the back door.”