Following today’s verdict that 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed at Hillsborough in 1989, Bassetlaw MP John Mann has called for the South Yorkshire Police force to be closed down and reconfigured.
Mann commented: “Nobody should pre-judge ongoing inquiries into the police, but whatever conclusions they reach, the credibility of the institution of South Yorkshire Police has been irreparably damaged.”
“It needs a new identity and more importantly a new ethos and ethics. South Yorkshire police should be disbanded.”
“There are many hardworking police officers and staff currently working for South Yorkshire Police who have joined in recent years and they deserve a fresh start.”
“There are two clear options to bring this about – either by creating a police force based on Sheffield City Region or a merger with West Yorkshire Police.”