Supporters at the Hillsborough Vigil at St George's Plateau

Mayor welcomes Hillsborough developments

Mayor Joe Anderson is welcoming news that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will launch an investigation into possible wrongdoing over the Hillsborough disaster.

Mayor Anderson said: “I very much welcome the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider prosecutions over Hillsborough. The families have waited 23 years to obtain justice and this announcement sets the wheels in motion at long last. I sincerely hope that no stone will be left unturned in delivering the outcome that the families deserve.

“I also welcome the fact that they and the Independent Police Complaints Commission will be investigating both former and serving South Yorkshire Police officers, including Sir Norman Bettison. The part he and others played, revealed by the Independent Panel’s report, showed that there must be a full investigation into their role in the cover-up.”

An e-petition set up by the Mayor calling for Sir Norman Bettison and former Sheffield MP Sir Irvine Patnick to be stripped of their Knighthoods because of their roles in the events following the disaster can be found here