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Retired South Yorkshire cop tells Hillsborough officers they 'did a good job' and should be 'proud'A group of retired South Yorkshire Police officers who served in the 1980s were told they did a good job as the force faces criticism in the wake of the Hillsborough inquests. The former officers were told they had tried to act with dignity while bile and hatred ha

d been directed towards the force, which faced immense challenges in the 1980s, it is understood. It comes after South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton was suspended yesterday amid an outcry over the handling of the inquest and the polices response. The message from Rick Naylor, secretary of the South Yorkshire National Association of Retired Police Officers, appeared on the organisations website although it was not intended to be made public, according to the BBC. A jury found at the con

clusion of a two-year inquest on Tuesday that the 96 victims of the Sheffield stadium disaster in 1989 were unlawfully killed and Mr Naylor said former officers had great sympathy for the families. Rick Naylor, secretary for the South Yorkshire branch of the National Association of Retir

ed Police Officers (Narpo) (Image: SWNS) South Yorkshire Police Detective Supt Rick Naylor before he retired (Image: SWNS) However he said members would be feeling sore, angry and disheartened by the criticism and highlighted the forces success in catching the Yorkshire Ripper. You did a good job - we all did, he added. The message, which has since been removed, said: Mistakes were made and we would all like to turn the clock back. It added: There were many examples of outstanding actions and selflessness by police officers on that tragic day as they did their best to deal with the disaster unfolding before them. Mr Naylor said the comments were not meant to offend. When confronted about his words this morning Mr Naylor, 62, from Sheffield, said: “Ive taken advice from my media advisor and my solicitor and I wish to make no further comments. “Im about to jump in my caravan and disappear.” South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton is not expected to return to his post (Image: Getty Images) Louise Brookes whose brother Andrew died, has criticised the force. She said: Where I get very angry is when my brother most needed the polices help, they literally turned their backs on him. She said her fathers dying words just days before the new inquests began in 2014 were: Please dont ever give up fighting until you get the truth and justice for Andy. He squeezed my hand three times and died, she said. His last thoughts were Hillsborough and the inquests. Victims families sing Youll never walk alone at St Georges Hall in Liverpool (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror) Ms Brookes added: No police officer has ever lost one days pay because of Hillsborough. She said her father had suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of the disaster, and she found it offensive that officers accused the families of lying and prolonged their agony, misery and heartache. A second statement co-signed by the groups chairman, Mick Brookfield, said the group were going through a difficult and stressful period. It said: Retired officers from South Yorkshire Police have always had great sympathy for the grief of the families and friends of the 96 who so tragically lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster. Today, as always, our thoughts are with them. We sincerely hope that they have gained some comfort from the Inquests. We are proud of the manner in which our members have volunteered to assist with the process. Many are now elderly and in failing health; without their co-operation the proceedings would not have been possible. Meanwhile the boss of South Yorkshire Police has said he doesnt expect its chief constable to ever return to his post following the the Hillsborough inquest. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay now David Crompton was suspended by SYPs police and crime commissioner in the midst of public outrage after a jury found the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster were unlawfully killed. The police force was criticised in the House of

Commons yesterday - with shadow home secretary Andy Burnham, accusing SYP of protecting itself above protecting people. Home Secretary Theresa May raised concerns over SYPs response to the jurys findings and praised the victims relatives for their steel and determination. Mr Burnham called for the chief constables resignation, saying the families had been through hell again during the longest jury case in British legal history. Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar is unaware of the crush on the terraces behind his goal (Image: Getty) Supporters are crushed against the barrier at the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest F管家婆资料九龙图库 A Cup Semi-Final at Hillsborough in 1989 (Image: Getty) Read more: Read MoreRelated ArticlesLies by police following Hillsborough disaster still linger says football commentator Alan Green He said that millions of pounds of public money had been used to continue a cover-up and retell discredited lies against Liverpool supporters. Dr Billings announced the chief constables suspension on Wednesday shortly after hearing the statements in the Commons. The commissioner later told The Guardian that Mr Crompton, who is reportedly due to retire in November, would not return to his job before then. I am not envisaging the chief constable returning, he said. Read MoreHillsborough disaster inquestJurys decisionFootballs darkest daySteven Gerrard pays tributeAnfield remembersFamilies emotional reactionRelatives sing Youll Never Walk Alone9 heroes from HillsboroughCPS considers charges Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay now Dr Billings earlier said his decision had been based on the erosion of public trust and confidence in the force resulting from the public backlash and criticism in the Commons. After hearing news of the suspension Margaret Aspinall, who lost her son James in the 1989 tragedy, said they were on the right track. Lets hope that is only the beginning of what is going to be done, she added. SYP and the South Yorkshire Ambulance service, as well as a number of individuals including David Duckenfield, match comman

der on the day of the disaster, could face criminal proceedings over the d

eaths. Read more: Read MoreRelated ArticlesCrowds at Hillsborough vigil sing Youll Never Walk Alone as Liverpool and Everton fans join to pay tribute The Crown Prosecution Service is expected to receive files of evidence at the end of the year before considering whether to bring charges. Mrs Aspinall said the people of Liverpool had endured 27 years of sleepless nights in their pursuit of justice as she addressed a commemorative service held outside St Georges Hall in the city, where the names and ages of each of the victims were read. The Hillsborough service at St Georges Hall (Image: Liverpool Echo) At the close of the inquest on Tuesday the jury found that blunders by South Yorkshires police and ambulance services caused or contributed to the deaths as a result of the disaster at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final. The jury also concluded that Liverpool fans were not to blame for what happened. Read more: Read MoreRelated ArticlesKenny Dalglish says fans have finally been vindicated after Hillsborough inquests verdict Following the verdict, Mr Crompton admitted the force got the policing of the match catastrophically wrong, and unequivocally accepted the inquests conclusions. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay now He previously apologised in 2012 after the damning Hillsborough Independent Panel report concluded a major cover-up had taken place in an effort by police and others to avoid the blame for what happened. In a statement released on Wednesday SYP said it had not sought to defend its failures in the final inquest, but added: Nevertheless, these failures had to be put into the context of other contributory factors. Mrs May said the jury h

ad delivered a very clear verdict and urged the force to recognise it. Read MoreHillsborough in parliamentPolice chief suspended over responseAndy Burnhams speech in fullMPs reduced to tears by Mays statementHunt for the minds behind cover-up

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