Special committee to consider future of West Yorkshire Police chief constable Sir Norman Bettison

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WEST Yorkshire Police chief constable Sir Norman Bettison is facing fresh calls to resign over the latest Hillsborough cover-up allegations.

And his position will be put under further pressure as the police authority’s special committee meets in Wakefield at 12.30pm today (Wednesday) to discuss his future.

Shadow Cabinet member and Merseyside MP Maria Eagle revealed in Parliament on Monday night that Sir Norman privately “boasted” that South Yorkshire Police were “trying to concoct a story” blaming Liverpool fans for the 1989 disaster, which killed 96 people.

She used parliamentary privilege to make the allegations which were based on new evidence from witness John Barry.

Mr Barry claims he discussed the disaster with Sir Norman, who was chief inspector of the South Yorkshire force at the time.

Following the Hillsborough Independent Panel report almost 1,500 past and serving officers from South Yorkshire will be investigated over the affair.

Sir Norman, who denies any wrong-doing and has not responded to the latest allegations, faces two investigations by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over claims he gave misleading information and that he tried to influence West Yorkshire Police Authority’s process in referring him.

Sir Norman has announced he will retire in March.

West Yorkshire Police Authority is expected to make a statement this afternoon, following the special committee meeting.