Families welcome top cop's departure
THE resignation of under-fire West Yorkshire Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison has been welcomed by relatives of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster.
Sir Norman resigned yesterday after weeks of criticism since the Hillsborough Independent Panel report revealed a huge police cover-up in the wake of the tragedy, which left 96 Liverpool fans dead.
Earlier this week, the pressure on the long-serving officer intensified with claims that he bragged about being asked to "concoct" an account of what happened when he was investigating the 1989 disaster as a South Yorkshire Police chief inspector.
Sir Norman has always denied any involvement in a cover-up or any wrong-doing. He said he resigned yesterday because the controversy had become a "distraction to policing in West Yorkshire".
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group (HFSG), welcomed the announcement but said Sir Norman's pension should be frozen while the investigation takes place into the police cover-up.
She said: "I'm absolutely delighted he's gone but as far as I am concerned he should have been sacked.
"I would now like to know what payments and pension he's going to get."
Sir Norman's resignation was announced at a hastily arranged press conference in Wakefield yesterday.