Hillsborough: IPCC to investigate South Yorkshire Police ‘spin’ claims
The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a former South Yorkshire Police press officer claimed she was asked to “spin” news during the Hillsborough inquests.
Hayley Court claimed she was asked to encourage the media to report evidence favourable to the police, including that fans were partly to blame.
She said she was told to “get the media together and tell them what to write”.
The force has said Ms Court’s claims were “not substantiated”.
A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission said: “Following an assessment of the available evidence, the IPCC has decided to conduct an independent investigation into this matter.”