Bassetlaw MP calls for South Yorks police to be closed down after Hillsborough inquest verdict

MP for Basetlaw John Mann
MP for Basetlaw John Mann

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has called for the South Yorkshire police force to be closed down and reconfigured following the Hillsborough inquest verdict today.

His comments come after a jury decided the 96 people who died at Hillsborough were unlawfully killed.

He said: “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.”