Families of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in the English port city of Liverpool have had their complaint against a former police officer rejected as a top court drops all charges against him.
The Crown Prosecution Service said on Tuesday that charges against Norman Bettison had been dropped after a review of evidence about the disaster in Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, northern England, which killed 96 people during a FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
The CPS said there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction against Bettison, adding that then ruling came following a number of developments.
“These include changes in the evidence of two witnesses and the death of a third witness,” said the court.
Prosecutors had believed statements by Bettison in the aftermath of the tragedy which blamed fans for the crush were simply untrue. The former police chief had been charged with…