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Hillsborough charges against Sir Norman Bettison dropped

Hillsborough charges against Sir Norman Bettison dropped

Sir Norman Bettison had faced four counts of misconduct in a public office
A former chief inspector accused of trying to blame Liverpool fans for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has had all charges against him dropped.Sir Norman Bettison, then of South Yorkshire Police, had faced four counts of misconduct in a public office.He was accused of telling lies about the "culpability of fans" and his role in the wake of the tragedy.Prosecutors said insufficient evidence meant there was no real prospect of securing a conviction.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said because of changes in the evidence of two witnesses, and the death of a third, it would discontinue the case.
The decision was taken following a review of the evidence and was confirmed at a hearing at Preston Crown Court.Five others, including match commander David Duckenfield who is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 fans, are due to face trial next year.In a statement the Hillsborough Family Support Group said: "We have grave concerns about the handling of this case by the CPS and can confirm that we will be exercising our right to an independent review under the Right to Review scheme."It is our view that the wrong charge was brought in the first place and we will be using the review process to argue this point strongly."We know how our supporters will feel about this decision and, of course, we all share all of those feelings."
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