The Independent Police Complaints Commission [IPCC] have announced the launch of an investigation into a “large number” of officers regarding their conduct before, during and after the Hillsborough disaster.
South Yorkshire Police and then-chief inspector, Sir Norman Bettison, were recently referred to the commission whilst West Midlands police, who led the subsequent botched investigation, referred themselves.
And their actions in the period surrounding the disaster, including the attempted cover-up, will be subject to a full inquiry run in conjunction with the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The IPCC has revealed that the investigation could lead to charges including manslaughter, perverting the course of justice and perjury.
The role of police in the dissemination of false information about the fans’ role in the disaster is set to come under particular scrutiny, as is the negligence which led to the deaths of 96 people.
Bettison, 56, recently announced his intention to retire in March on a full pension, though his rights to that financial package would be withdrawn should he be found guilty of any criminal charges brought against him.