Force must pay for its mistakes

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THE last thing our police force needs is hefty payouts in legal settlements.

But that is what Chief Constable David Crompton is cautioning about as he prepares us for the outcome of the inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the Hillsborough cover-up.

Inquests into the 96 dead will be reopened, and once they are complete, compensation claims are sure to follow.

Mr Crompton says the process will be a costly one for the force.

And, while we all acknowledge that few serving today had anything to do with what took place all those years ago, the institution will have to pay for those mistakes.

The families of those who lost their loved ones have been given the truth they have fought so long for, now they will be entitled to the compensation.

We should not begrudge them those payments. But let us hope that the operational duties of the force will not be hampered by a legal claim that could be crippling.

A show of faith in hospice appeal

JUST a month ago Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was guest of honour at St Luke’s Hospice as he showed his support for The Star-backed Pie and Peas appeal.

Today he is back at the hospice announcing that it is the beneficiary of one of the largest handouts from the Government to hospices nationwide.

The award, thought to be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, will be a massive boost to the St Luke’s rebuilding project.

It has just gone over the half-way mark in its £5m Room to Care rebuilding appeal.

The hard work is not done yet, though. The award will help, but there is still some way to go. So please continue to show your support to the hospice appeal.

A nod to our future

WE have been given the first glimpse of the what the huge Man of Steel statue that will look down on Sheffield from the M1 will look like.

The two-metre version of the statue will be on show to a world audience at the Global Manufacturing Festival next week.

But it is nothing compared with how the real thing will look - bigger even than the Angel of the North.

The statue is intended to honour the old steel and coal communities from its vantage point by the Tinsley towers.

But as well as honouring the past it will nod to the future.

We will be proud to see it as part of South Yorkshire’s heritage.