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Hillsborough inquest jurors at disaster site

By Jamie Grierson

Jurors on the inquest into the 96 Hillsborough disaster deaths have stood at the exact site where most of the Liverpool fans who died in the tragedy lost their lives.

Under cloudy grey skies and intermittent showers, the 11-strong jury left the courtroom in Warrington behind for the day for a site visit to Sheffield, home of the Hillsborough stadium.

Hooked up to wireless headphones, the jurors were guided by coroner Lord Justice Goldring to some of the key locations in the ground, including pens three and four, as well as the tunnel leading into them, where the fatal crush occurred.

Huddling under umbrellas, jurors were also taken to the site of the former gymnasium, which was used as a makeshift morgue on the day of the disaster, but is now a Sheffield Wednesday shop.

Britain's worst sporting disaster unfolded at the stadium on April 15, 1989 during Liverpool's match against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed in the ground's Leppings Lane terrace.

As they stood in pens three and four of the Leppings Lane terrace, jurors were told the area had "fundamentally changed".

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