Not enough evidence in Bettison stolen platinum case, say prosecutors

Sir Norman Bettison
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NO action will be taken against former Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison over the alleged theft and handling of platinum, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed.

Last July, an investigation by Derbyshire Police ruled there was no case to answer over a claim that Sir Norman was involved in the sale of platinum wire to a Sheffield firm in 1987 when he was an inspector with South Yorkshire Police.

The matter was subsequently passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to review.

In a statement issued today, the CPS said: “An investigation was undertaken by Derbyshire Police in 2013, at the request of South Yorkshire Police (SYP), into the alleged theft and handling of a quantity of platinum by Sir Norman Bettison in 1987.

“Derbyshire Police recommended to SYP in July 2013 that no further action be taken and subsequently SYP asked the Crown Prosecution Service to confirm this recommendation was correct.

“We have completed a fresh review of the evidence and decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute. An essential legal element of the alleged offences is that the prosecution must be able to prove that the goods in question were in fact stolen.

“There was insufficient evidence to establish this and as such a prosecution for theft or handling stolen goods is not possible. Should any further evidence come to light we will, of course, consider it.

“This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

Sir Norman resigned as chief constable of West Yorkshire Police in 2012 amid controversy over his alleged role in the Hillsborough cover-up, in which he has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

The former chief constable of Merseyside Police is currently being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over Hillsborough and also the public inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.