The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to hold its own inquiry into The Hillsborough disaster and subsequent cover-ups, which will be one of the biggest investigations ever carried out into British policing.

This investigation follows the publication of a report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which revealed inaccuracies and lies from the South Yorkshire Police - who were in charge on the day of the tragedy on the 15 April 1989, where 96 people died - and West Midlands Police, who carried out the investigation in its immediate aftermath.

The Hillsborough Panel report revealed police altered the statements of 164 witnesses following the tragedy, and 116 of the amendments were designed to exonerate the authorities and blame drunken Liverpool fans.

Also under the spotlight are the actions of West Yorkshire Chief Constable, Sir Norman Bettison, who was accused in the HIP report of misleading police in the wake of disaster. Bettinson announced he is going to retire from the force in March and denies any involvement in the altering of statements.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, has also announced he will launch an investigation into the police's conduct during and after the tragedy, based on the HIP's findings - assessing whether individuals, or whole corporations, should be charged over the tragedy, and if manslaughter charges should be brought in.

Written and presented by Ann Salter.

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