Calls for West Yorkshire Police chief, Sir Norman Bettison, to resign over Hillsborough disaster

30th August 2011'Chief of WY police Sir Norman Bettison visited Hemsworth to show that despite cuts, police are here to stay 'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
30th August 2011'Chief of WY police Sir Norman Bettison visited Hemsworth to show that despite cuts, police are here to stay 'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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FAMILIES of football fans who died at Hillsborough have called for the resignation of Sir Norman Bettison, the chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, over his role in the disaster.

Today, thousands of official documents relating to Britain’s deadliest sporting disaster were released.

They found that police and emergency services made “strenuous attempts” to deflect blame onto innocent fans.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died after a crush at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground during the FA Cup Semi Final on April 15, 1989.

Trevor Hicks, of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, has called for Sir Norman to resign after the revelation that he was among officers accused of manipulating evidence following the Hillsborough disaster.

South Yorkshire Police released a statement this afternoon apologising for its failings.

It said: “On that day South Yorkshire Police failed the victims and families. The police lost control. In the immediate aftermath senior officers sought to change the record of events. Disgraceful lies were told which blamed the Liverpool fans for the disaster.”

In 1998 Sir Norman was appointed as the chief constable of Mersey Police amid protests from victims’ groups.

He had previously been the assistant chief constable of West Yorkshire Police.