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132 coppers stonewall Hillsborough probe

A TOTAL of 132 police officers and staff have not assisted the Hillsborough investigation despite being asked to do so, the coppers’ watchdog revealed yesterday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said 64 officers from South Yorkshire Police and 68 from West Midlands Police have been approached for a witness statement but have not provided one.

The watchdog is looking at whether offences such as conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice were committed in the aftermath of the 1989 tragedy.

IPCC deputy chair Rachel Cerfontyne said: “Some [officers and staff] were unable to provide an account for reasons such as poor health; others have not responded to our contact and there are a number of individuals who couldn’t be traced.”

Ms Cerfontyne pointed out the IPCC can compel serving police witnesses to attend an interview, but not retired officers.

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