Sir Norman Bettison resigns over Hillsborough inquiry

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Sir Norman Bettison has resigned as chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, saying an inquiry into his role after the Hillsborough tragedy was "a distraction" to the force.

At the time of the disaster he was a South Yorkshire Police inspector who attended the match as a spectator and later took part in an internal inquiry.

He had been due to retire in March but had faced calls for him to go early.

The announcement was made by West Yorkshire Police Authority vice chairman Councillor Les Carter.

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