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Bernard Ingham, who called Liverpool fans 'tanked up yobs', still refuses to apologise to Hillsborough families despite inquest findings

Published 26/04/2016

Bernard Ingham said South Yorkshire Police officers had told him and and the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that a 'tanked up mob' of Liverpool fans were to blame and that is the version of events he has stuck with
Bernard Ingham said South Yorkshire Police officers had told him and and the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that a 'tanked up mob' of Liverpool fans were to blame and that is the version of events he has stuck with

Bernard Ingham has refused to apologise to Hillsborough families despite the inquest finding that 96 victims were unlawfully killed in a tragedy caused by police blunders.

Margaret Thatcher's former chief press secretary told The Mirror on Tuesday that he was not willing to talk about the verdicts.

In a 1996 letter replying to Liverpool fan Graham Skinner - whose friend had died in the disaster - Ingham said: "I believe there would have been no Hillsborough disaster if tanked up yobs had not turned up in very large numbers to try to force their way in the ground."

He added that Liverpool should "shut up about Hillsborough".

Asked whether he would apologise for calling Liverpool fans "tanked up yobs", he said: "I have nothing to say".

The letter to Mr Skinner can be read in full below.

Lawyers acting for the families said the conclusions, at the end of the longest jury case in British legal history, had completely vindicated their tireless 27-year battle for the truth.

The deaths were ruled accidental at the end of the original 1991 inquest.

But those verdicts were quashed following the 2012 Hillsborough Independent Panel report, which concluded that a major cover-up had taken place in an effort by police and others to avoid the blame for what happened.

The new jury concluded that blunders by the police and ambulance service on the day had "caused or contributed" to the disaster and that the victims had been unlawfully killed.

A banner reading Truth and Justice is hung from Liverpool's Saint George's Hall and illuminated in red after today's Hillsborough inquest verdict on April 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A banner reading Truth and Justice is hung from Liverpool's Saint George's Hall and illuminated in red after today's Hillsborough inquest verdict on April 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Some of the 96 candles in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy, sit on the steps of Liverpool's Saint George's Hall after today's Hillsborough inquest verdict on April 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, concluded today on April 26, 2016 with a verdict of unlawful killing, after the initial verdicts were quashed. Relatives of Liverpool supporters who died in Britain's worst sporting disaster gathered in the purpose-built court to hear the jury's verdict in Warrington after a 25 year fight to overturn the accidental death verdicts handed down at the initial 1991 inquiry. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Some of the 96 candles in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy, sit on the steps of Liverpool's Saint George's Hall after today's Hillsborough inquest verdict on April 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, concluded today on April 26, 2016 with a verdict of unlawful killing, after the initial verdicts were quashed. Relatives of Liverpool supporters who died in Britain's worst sporting disaster gathered in the purpose-built court to hear the jury's verdict in Warrington after a 25 year fight to overturn the accidental death verdicts handed down at the initial 1991 inquiry. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: A banner reading Truth and Justice is hung from Liverpool's Saint George's Hall and illuminated in red after today's Hillsborough inquest verdict on April 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, concluded today on April 26, 2016 with a verdict of unlawful killing, after the initial verdicts were quashed. Relatives of Liverpool supporters who died in Britain's worst sporting disaster gathered in the purpose-built court to hear the jury's verdict in Warrington after a 25 year fight to overturn the accidental death verdicts handed down at the initial 1991 inquiry. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: A man reacts as people lay flowers and tributes at the Hillsborough Memorial outside Anfield Stadium, the home of Liverpool Football Club on April 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, concluded today on April 26, 2016 with a verdict of unlawful killing, after the initial verdicts were quashed. Relatives of Liverpool supporters who died in Britain's worst sporting disaster gathered in the purpose-built court to hear the jury's verdict in Warrington after a 25 year fight to overturn the accidental death verdicts handed down at the initial 1991 inquiry. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: A man reacts as people lay flowers and tributes at the Hillsborough Memorial outside Anfield Stadium, the home of Liverpool Football Club on April 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, concluded today on April 26, 2016 with a verdict of unlawful killing, after the initial verdicts were quashed. Relatives of Liverpool supporters who died in Britain's worst sporting disaster gathered in the purpose-built court to hear the jury's verdict in Warrington after a 25 year fight to overturn the accidental death verdicts handed down at the initial 1991 inquiry. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Fresh tributes adorn the Hillsborough Memorial outside Anfield Stadium, the home of Liverpool Football Club on April 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, concluded today on April 26, 2016 with a verdict of unlawful killing, after the initial verdicts were quashed. Relatives of Liverpool supporters who died in Britain's worst sporting disaster gathered in the purpose-built court to hear the jury's verdict in Warrington after a 25 year fight to overturn the accidental death verdicts handed down at the initial 1991 inquiry. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: A man reacts as people lay flowers and tributes at the Hillsborough Memorial outside Anfield Stadium, the home of Liverpool Football Club on April 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, concluded today on April 26, 2016 with a verdict of unlawful killing, after the initial verdicts were quashed. Relatives of Liverpool supporters who died in Britain's worst sporting disaster gathered in the purpose-built court to hear the jury's verdict in Warrington after a 25 year fight to overturn the accidental death verdicts handed down at the initial 1991 inquiry. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People react as they leave the coroner's court in Warrington, north-west England on April 26, 2016 1989 following the conclusion of the inquest into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The 96 Liverpool fans who died in Britain's 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster were unlawfully killed, a jury found Tuesday following the longest-running inquest in English legal history. After hearing more than two years of evidence, the jury also concluded that the behaviour of Liverpool supporters on the day did not cause or contribute to Britain's worst sports stadium tragedy. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFF CADDICKGEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images
People react as they leave the coroner's court in Warrington, north-west England on April 26, 2016 1989 following the conclusion of the inquest into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The 96 Liverpool fans who died in Britain's 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster were unlawfully killed, a jury found Tuesday following the longest-running inquest in English legal history. After hearing more than two years of evidence, the jury also concluded that the behaviour of Liverpool supporters on the day did not cause or contribute to Britain's worst sports stadium tragedy. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFF CADDICKGEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images
The Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Anthony Bland, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Thomas Steven Fox , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Victoria Jane Hicks , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Peter McDonnell, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Philip John Steele , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Peter Andrew Burkett , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Tracey Elizabeth Cox , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Richard Jones , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Stephen Francis Harrison , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Stephen Paul Copoc , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Stephen Francis O'Neill , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Sarah Louise Hicks , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Thomas Howard, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Peter Andrew Harrison , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Roy Harry Hamilton , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Philip Hammond , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Peter Reuben Thompson , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Thomas Anthony Howard , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Simon Bell , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Peter Francis Tootle, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Stuart Paul William Thompson , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of William Roy Pemberton , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of David Steven Brown , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Raymond Thomas Chapman, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Steven Joseph Robinson , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Paul Clark, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Keith McGrath, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Kevin Daniel Williams , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Paul Anthony Hewitson , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Kester Roger Marcus Ball , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Patrick John Thompson , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of John Alfred Anderson, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Joseph Clark , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Paul David Brady , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of James Gary Aspinall, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Nicholas Peter Joynes , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Paula Ann Smith , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Martin Kenneth Wild, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of James Robert Hennessy , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Michael David Kelly , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Paul William Carlile , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of John McBrien , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Jon-Paul Gilhooley , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Jonathon Owens , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Lee Nicol, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Joseph Daniel McCarthy, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Nicholas Michael Hewitt , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Paul Brian Murray , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Kevin Tyrrell, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of James Philip Delaney , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Martin Kevin Traynor , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Inger Shah , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Gary Collins, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Marian Hazel McCabe , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Eric Hankin , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Graham John Roberts , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Eric George Hughes , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Francis Joseph McAllister , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Henry Charles Rogers , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Christopher Edwards , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of David Leonard Thomas, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Ian Thomas Glover , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Gary Christopher Church, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Gordon Rodney Horn , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of David John Benson , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Graham John Wright , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Gary Harrison , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Colin Wafer , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Henry Thomas Burke , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Gary Philip Jones , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of David William Birtle , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Derrick George Godwin , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The full list of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster (top row left to right) Adam Edward Spearritt, Alan Johnston, Alan McGlone, Andrew Mark Brookes, Anthony Bland, Anthony Peter Kelly, Arthur Horrocks, Barry Glover, Barry Sidney Bennett, Brian Christopher Mathews, Carl William Rimmer, Carl Brown, (second row left to right) Carl Darren Hewitt, Carl David Lewis, Christine Anne Jones, Christopher James Traynor, Christopher Barry Devonside, Christopher Edwards, Colin Wafer, Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton, Colin Mark Ashcroft, David William Birtle, David George Rimmer, David Hawley, (third row left to right) David John Benson, David Leonard Thomas, David William Mather, Derrick George Godwin, Eric Hankin, Eric George Hughes, Francis Joseph McAllister, Gary Christopher Church, Gary Collins, Gary Harrison, Gary Philip Jones, Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron, (fourth row left to right) Gordon Rodney Horn, Graham John Roberts, Graham John Wright, Henry Charles Rogers, Henry Thomas Burke, Ian David Whelan, Ian Thomas Glover, Inger Shah, James Gary Aspinall, James Philip Delaney, James Robert Hennessy, John Alfred Anderson, (fifth row left to right) John McBrien, Jonathon Owens, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, Joseph Clark, Joseph Daniel McCarthy, Keith McGrath, Kester Roger Marcus Ball, Kevin Daniel Williams, Kevin Tyrrell, Lee Nicol, Marian Hazel McCabe, Martin Kevin Traynor, (sixth row left to right) Martin Kenneth Wild, Michael David Kelly, Nicholas Peter Joynes, Nicholas Michael Hewitt, Patrick John Thompson, Paula Ann Smith, Paul Anthony Hewitson, Paul David Brady, Paul Brian Murray, Paul Clark, Paul William Carlile, Peter Andrew Harrison, (seventh row left to right) Peter Andrew Burkett, Peter Francis Tootle, Peter McDonnell, Peter Reuben Thompson, Philip Hammond, Philip John Steele, Raymond Thomas Chapman, Richard Jones, Roy Harry Hamilton, Sarah Louise Hicks, Simon Bell, Stephen Paul Copoc, (bottom row left to right) Stephen Francis Harrison, Stephen Francis O'Neill, Steven
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Colin Mark Ashcroft , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of David William Mather , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Ian David Whelan, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Christopher Barry Devonside , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of David Hawley , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Brian Christopher Mathews , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Carl Darren Hewitt , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Christine Anne Jones , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of David George Rimmer , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Adam Edward Spearritt , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Andrew Mark Brookes , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Barry Sidney Bennett , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Alan Johnston , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Alan McGlone , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Carl William Rimmer , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Christopher James Traynor, one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Anthony Peter Kelly , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Carl Brown , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Carl David Lewis , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Arthur Horrocks , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by the Hillsborough Inquests of Barry Glover , one of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 26, 2016. The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace. Photo credit should read: Hillsborough Inquests/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The jury forewoman wiped away tears and had a catch in her voice as she confirmed the answers to 14 questions about the disaster to coroner Sir John Goldring.

We had the media against us, as well as the establishment

Leading Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James died in the disaster, said afterwards: "Let's be honest about this - people were against us. We had the media against us, as well as the establishment.

"Everything was against us. The only people that weren't against us was our own city. That's why I am so grateful to my city and so proud of my city.

Graphic shows the key findings of the jury over the Hillsborough football disaster
Graphic shows the key findings of the jury over the Hillsborough football disaster

"They always believed in us."

Surrounded by a sea of camera crews and reporters outside the court, she added: "I think we have changed a part of history now - I think that's the legacy the 96 have left."

Labour MP Andy Burnham, who has supported the campaign, said: "This has been the greatest miscarriage of justice of our times.

"But, finally, it is over."

The jurors were told they could only reach the unlawful killing determination if they were sure of four "essential" matters concerning the deaths at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

They had to be convinced match commander Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield owed a duty of care to those who died, and that he was in breach of that duty of care.

Thirdly, they would need to be satisfied that his breach of duty caused the deaths and, fourthly, that it amounted to "gross negligence".

They concluded it was unlawful killing by a 7-2 majority.

The jury also ruled that fan behaviour did not cause or contribute to the tragedy.

The Hillsborough disaster unfolded during Liverpool's cup tie against Nottingham Forest on April 15 as thousands of fans were crushed at Sheffield Wednesday's ground.

Mr Duckenfield gave the order at 2.52pm to open exit Gate C in Leppings Lane, allowing around 2,000 fans to flood into the already packed central pens behind the goal.

The jury found that:

  • Both the police and the ambulance service caused or contributed to the loss of lives in the disaster by an error or omission after the terrace crush had begun to develop;
     
  • Policing of the match caused or contributed to a dangerous situation developing at the Leppings Lane turnstiles;
     
  • Commanding officers caused or contributed to the crush on the terrace, as did those senior officers in the police control box when the order was given to open the exit gates at Leppings Lane;
     
  • Features of the design, construction and layout of the stadium considered to be dangerous or defective caused or contributed to the disaster;
     
  • Sheffield Wednesday's then consultant engineers, Eastwood & Partners, should have done more to detect and advise on any unsafe or unsatisfactory features of the stadium.

On the question of the role of South Yorkshire Police in the emergency response, the jury said: "The police delayed calling a major incident so the appropriate emergency response was delayed.

"There was a lack of co-ordination, command and control which delayed or prevented appropriate responses."

On the role of former South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (Symas), the jury said: "Symas officers at the scene failed to ascertain the nature of the problem at Leppings Lane.

"The failure to recognise and call a major incident led to delays in the responses to the emergency."

Criminal investigations into the disaster and claims of corruption in its aftermath could finish by the end of the year, when prosecutors will decide whether to charge any individual or organisation.

The officer leading the police inquiry, Assistant Commissioner Jon Stoddart, said: "Now that the inquests have concluded, my sole focus is on completing the criminal investigation which I expect will be finished by the turn of the year.

"It will then be for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider the evidence and decide whether any individual or organisation should face criminal prosecution."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, the official police watchdog, also expects its investigation - the biggest in its history - to finish in December or January.

The jury of six women and three men gave their decisions on an emotionally charged day for relatives of the 96, many of whom were in court.

The fresh inquests began on March 31, 2014 in a specially-built courtroom in Warrington, Cheshire.

After the key conclusions were delivered on Tuesday, someone in court shouted "God bless the jury".

The jurors were given a round of applause as they left the courtroom.

Dozens of relatives of the victims have attended each of the more than 300 days the court has sat.

As families left the building they were met with applause from crowds who had gathered outside the court in support.

Many began singing Liverpool's anthem You'll Never Walk Alone.

Letter from Bernard Ingham to Graham Skinner

December 30, 1996

"Thank you for your letter of December 11. I believe that there would have been no Hillsborough disaster if tanked-up yobs had not turned up in very large numbers to try to force their way into the ground.

I visited Hillsborough the day after the disaster and I know what I learned then. I have never denied that the police may have made mistakes, but I firmly believe that the Lord Chief Justice whitewashed the real culprits and I said so from the moment I read his report.

I have not seen the McGovern film. But I am long enough in the tooth to know that TV films should never be accepted as evidence. But let us suppose there is something in the film – for example, the “evidence” that the pens were already full when the gates were opened. W

What, then were all those people doing trying to get into the ground? I have never, of course, said where they came from because I do not know.

I have no intention of apologising for my views which are sincerely held on the basis of what I heard first hand at Hillsborough. I have, however, one suggestion to make: for its own good, Liverpool – with the Heysel disaster in the background – should shut up about Hillsborough.

“Nothing can now bring back those who died – innocent people who, by virtue of being in the ground early, had their lives crushed out of them by a mob surging in late.

To go on about it serves only to confirm in many people’s minds that Liverpool has a very bad conscience about soccer disasters. I think it a disgrace to the public service that South Yorkshire policemen have won the right to compensation.

But it will do Liverpool no good whatsoever in the eyes of the nation if, egged on by ambulance-chasing lawyers, those who saw their relatives killed at Hillsborough now sue for compensation for the “trauma”. Is the pain of losing a relative to be soothed away by a fat cheque?

Take my advice, Mr Skinner: least said, soonest mended for Liverpool."

Liverpool FC's chief executive officer Ian Ayre's statement on Hillsborough inquests

Following the return of the jury's determinations at the Hillsborough inquests today, Liverpool FC's chief executive officer Ian Ayre has released this statement.

“After 27 long years the true verdict has finally been delivered, confirming what the families always believed – their loved ones were unlawfully killed.

“Liverpool Football Club welcomes the jury’s decision, once and for all, that our supporters were not in any way responsible for what happened at Hillsborough. We will always remember the selfless bravery and heroism of the many fans that helped their fellow supporters in the most harrowing of circumstances that day. We praise those who, since the beginning of the inquest, have had to find the courage and strength to re-live what they went through.

“Since April 15, 1989, the solidarity shown by Liverpool fans towards the families and survivors encapsulates the unique character of both the club and city. We are also hugely thankful for the unwavering support the wider football community has so generously shown these past 27 years.

“It has been a painful journey for the families and survivors, who have endured and sacrificed so much for so long. The resilience and dignity they have shown throughout their tireless campaign has been humbling and inspirational. Their conduct and actions throughout their struggle has brought pride to the city of Liverpool and will serve as a lasting tribute to the victims.

“The 96 men, women and children who were unlawfully killed at Hillsborough will never be forgotten.”









 

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