IPCC review of Sheffield Hillsborough complaints to take ‘weeks’

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THE Independent Police Complaints Commission’s review of matters referred to it following the publication of the Hillsborough panel report is expected to take weeks.

The IPCC has received a referral from West Yorkshire Police Authority in relation to complaints against its Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettinson.

Sir Norman was a senior officer employed by South Yorkshire Police at the time of the disaster and involved in an internal inquiry into what happened.

Last week a report published by an independent panel set up to review all the files and documents about the Hillsborough disaster held by organisations for the last 23 years revealed a huge police cover-up, in which ‘unfavourable’ police statements were altered to deflect blame for the deaths of 96 football fans away from the police.

South Yorkshire’s Chief Constable David Crompton has also revealed his force will be making referrals to the IPCC.

An IPCC spokesman said: “These reviews are parallel and complementary to the consideration by the Attorney General as to whether fresh inquests should be sought.

“The analysis of the comprehensive documentation disclosed by the Panel will take some weeks to complete.”