Steve Demands Jones' Cooperation(July 25, 2013)
Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotheram, has spoken out in disbelief following a visit to the IPPC's Hillsborough investigation unit in Warrington where he was shown files retrieved from ACC Mervyn Jones which were not passed to the Hillsborough Independent Panel during the disclosure process.
Jones, who was the lead police officer for West Midlands Police in their investigation into the South Yorkshire Police Force's handling of the disaster, was widely criticised for turning a blind eye to the altering of police statements in 1989.
ACC Jones later went on to become the Chief Constable of Cheshire Police where he served in the same region as the late Anne Williams who lost her son Kevin at Hillsborough.
Steve explained, "It beggars belief that Mr Jones did not believe that the extensive policy files that had should not immediately be handed over to the Hillsborough Independent Panel when they were requested.
"I'm sure the families will be as perplexed as I am that someone who was so close to the police's Hillsborough disaster response and who rose to the rank of Chief Constable, could act in such a blatantly obstructive way with material evidence.
"Mr Jones has failed to provide the panel with documentation that even a Lehman would understand was prima facia evidence. I think that most fair-minded people would come to the conclusion that this deliberate obstruction by a senior police officer gives further weight to the argument that he was part of an orchestrated cover up that contaminated senior ranks of the police.
"Mr Jones should ensure that he cooperates fully with the ongoing investigations into the deaths of the 96".