WEST Midlands Police has vowed to review a report on the Hillsborough disaster, which revealed that the force knew witness statements had been altered.
The independent study released this week uncovered a plan from senior officers at South Yorkshire Police to cover up police failings by blaming the April 1989 stadium disaster on the fans who died.
South Yorkshire Police changed some of the 164 “self-taken” statements that were made by junior officers in the wake of the tragedy which left 96 dead at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground.
And 116 statements had been “amended to remove or alter comments unfavourable to South Yorkshire Police”.
West Midlands Police investigated South Yorkshire officers’ conduct for an independent inquiry led by Lord Chief Justice Taylor in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.
This week’s independent report revealed that a senior West Midlands officer accepted the way South Yorkshire vetted the statements from junior officers.
West Midlands Police also failed to carry out any “dip” tests which would have involved a sample of statements being looked at to make sure that any alterations were not changing the veracity of them.
West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Gary Cann said the force had “supported the independent panel’s disclosure of information”.
He said: “West Midlands Police will consider and review the content of the Independent Panel’s report.
“As a force we will respond positively to any action arising from the panel’s findings.”