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Hillsborough: the long and winding road

QUB's Phil Scraton on seven key days that finally unravelled a web of deceit

By Phil Scraton

Published 28/04/2016

Professor Phil Scraton's book Hillsborough: The Truth is now widely accepted as a definitive account of the disaster
Professor Phil Scraton's book Hillsborough: The Truth is now widely accepted as a definitive account of the disaster
Professor Phil Scraton's book Hillsborough: The Truth is now widely accepted as a definitive account of the disaster
Phil Scraton reads from 'Hillsborough - The Truth'

Queen's University academic Professor Phil Scraton played a major role in getting to the truth about Hillsborough. He is the primary author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report. Here he details the long and winding road that lead to the inquest verdicts.

12 September 2012, 9am

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. High on a stage in the Nave I stood before families and survivors. On behalf of the Hillsborough Independent Panel chaired by James Jones, the Bishop of Liverpool, I delivered our 153 detailed findings. Dismissing years of false allegations, we had found no evidence ‘to verify the serious allegations of drunkenness, ticketlessness or violence among Liverpool fans’.

Neither had they ‘conspired to arrive late at the stadium and force entry’, nor had they stolen from the dead. In fact the mass of documents revealed a structurally unsafe stadium, its management and policing complacent, neglectful and deficient.

An hour passed in a flash. I finished. You could hear a pin drop. Together as one, families - many in tears – stood to applaud. Within minutes the Prime Minister addressed a packed House of Commons. He offered ‘a proper apology to the families of the 96 for all they had suffered over the past 23 years’.

It was a ‘double injustice’ - the ‘failure of the state to protect their loved ones, the indefensible wait to get to the truth’, and ‘the injustice of the denigration of the deceased that they somehow where at fault for their own deaths’.

The Home Secretary announced a ‘move from truth to justice’. What followed was unprecedented. Long-term, fully resourced criminal and disciplinary investigations – still ongoing, the quashing of the inquest verdicts with new inquests to follow. Why had it taken so long? For families and survivors the road to the Cathedral had been broken and painful – grief and injustice combining to cause illness and further loss.

15 April 1989, 3.20pm

Like so many, my recollections have not diminished with passing time. Only the second semi-final I’d missed in years. As the disaster unfolded, stunned I watched Grandstand’s live coverage. There and then it was obvious it wasn’t crowd disorder. As John Motson commented, the central pens were crammed, the side pens half empty.

Little did we know, at that moment in the police control box match commander David Duckenfield told the FA’s chief executive Liverpool fans had forced entry, rushed the tunnel and caused the fatal crush. In minutes his lie was broadcast around the world. Fans trapped, dying and rescuing were blamed.

Later I heard from returning survivors that the police had opened exit gates to relieve a crush at slow turnstiles. Without guidance they walked through Gate C, down the steep tunnel directly ahead and into the back of already overfull pens.

Unable to retreat, trapped like cattle to the front and sides, the compression was unbearable. An old safety barrier collapsed. Death and injury were inevitable. As I heard chilling accounts, Liverpool’s chairman bemoaned the club’s chances of returning to Europe. There was instant outrage.

People hold Liverpool football scarves in the air as they sing
People hold Liverpool football scarves in the air as they sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, during an event held in remembrance of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. AFP/Getty Images
Tributes are left outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: A large bill board displays the words "Never Forgotten" as people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Margaret Aspinall is hugged by members of the public as thousands gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Tributes are left outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Tributes are left outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Family members of the Hillsborough victims attend a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool, to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest which ruled that 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 27, 2016. See PA story INQUEST Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
People hold Liverpool football scarves in the air as they sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, during an event held in remembrance of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. AFP/Getty Images
Members of the public attend a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool, to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest which ruled that 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed. PA
Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Family and friends of the victims on the steps join thousands of people outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
96 candles in memory of the victims burn on the steps outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Margaret Aspinall looks on as kenny dalglish speaks on the steps outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish (C), stands at a podium as he reads a poem, on the steps of St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers paid an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Relatives of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster hold photographs as they gather on the steps of St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers paid an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish (C), stands amongst dignitaries and relatives of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, after reading a poem on the steps of St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers paid an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster hold photographs as they gather on the steps of St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers paid an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster hold photographs as they gather on the steps of St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers paid an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Representatives (96 in total) of Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club lay roses at a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool, to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest which ruled that 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 27, 2016. See PA story INQUEST Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Representatives (96 in total) of Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club lay roses at a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool, to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest which ruled that 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 27, 2016. See PA story INQUEST Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Relatives of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster gather on the steps of St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers paid an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Family members of the Hillsborough victims attend a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool, to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest which ruled that 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 27, 2016. See PA story INQUEST Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Youth team players from the Liverpool and Everton football clubs prepare to lay 96 single red roses, representing the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, on the steps of St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster. AFP/Getty Images
Relatives of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster gather on the steps of St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers paid an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Margaret Aspinall (C), whose son James died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, leads other relatives of the victims on the steps of St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, during an event in remembrance of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers paid an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
96 candles in memory of the victims burn on the steps outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Roses are placed beside 96 candles in memory of the victims outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: People hold up a banner stating Jusutice as they gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Roses are placed beside 96 candles in memory of the victims outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Members of the public attend a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool, to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest which ruled that 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 27, 2016. See PA story INQUEST Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: 96 candles in memory of the victims burn on the steps outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Members of the public attend a commemorative event at St George's Hall in Liverpool, to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest which ruled that 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 27, 2016. See PA story INQUEST Hillsborough. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: A young girl with the figure 96 painted on her face attends a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: A young boy wearing a liverpool FC shirt joins thousands of people gathering outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People react as they start to gather to pay their respects outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers were expected to pay an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A man fixes a banner depicting an image of John Glover, who lost his son Philip Glover in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, as people gather to pay their respects outside St Georges Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers were expected to pay an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. John Glover died before the inquest. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: A banner stating justice is laid out on the pavement outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A dog wearing a pair of sunglasses and a liverpool hat and scarf is sat in a pram by St Georges Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016. Thousands of sympathisers were expected to pay an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Balloons make the number '96' as people gather to pay their respects outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, north west England on April 27, 2016, in remembrance of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Thousands of sympathisers were expected to pay an emotional tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims today after a landmark inquest found that 96 Liverpool football fans were unlawfully killed. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: A dog is dressed in Liverpool team colours outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: A figurine of Jesus Christ is placed outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as thousands of people gather to attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989.. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Thousands of people gather outside Liverpool's Saint George's Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on April 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. The civic commemoration event marks the outcome of the fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, and concluded yesterday with a verdict of unlawful killing. Relatives, Liverpool supporters and members of the public are taking part in the vigil at St George's Hall where a candle is lit for each of the 96 victims who lost their lives during a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1989. (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 mile of scarves between Goodison and Anfield, the thousands of tributes on the pitch, the enormity of the tragedy began to sink in. Worse followed. Proclaiming ‘THE TRUTH’, The Sun alongside other newspapers published scurrilous allegations orchestrated by senior officers and wired by a Sheffield news agency.

The initial tide of national sympathy turned, the bereaved and survivors were devastated. As hostility mounted I contacted Liverpool City Council and the Hillsborough Project was born.

4 August 1990

The Taylor Report concluded the ‘main cause’ of the disaster was ‘overcrowding’, the main reason ‘failure in police control’. At the highest level the police and other agencies were found wanting. Responding angrily South Yorkshire’s chief constable vowed the inquests would exonerate his officers. The eventual accidental death verdict appeared to prove him right.

In 1995 our 350-page report, No Last Rights, revealed the full extent of the flawed inquests. It was ignored. Then I met a former South Yorkshire police officer whose statement had been reviewed and altered without his consent. This led to accessing all South Yorkshire police statements. I uncovered their systematic review and alteration carried out by a team under the Force’s head of management services in consultation with its solicitors.

None of this cut ice with Lord Justice Stuart-Smith, appointed by the Labour Government in 1997 to review new evidence. He rejected my call for a ‘wide-ranging’ full inquiry stating it ‘would clearly impose enormous burdens on the police and the hospital and medical staff to no purpose’. My ‘allegation’ of ‘malpractice’ was ‘not substantiated’. He found ‘no irregularities’ in the investigations or inquests. This was the Government’s final word - the end of the road had been reached.

15th April 2009, 3.30pm

At the 20th Anniversary, addressing a near-full Anfield, the then Culture Minister, Andy Burnham, praised families’ ‘dignity’, ‘resolve’ and ‘remarkable courage’ in the face of ‘major injustice’. Then, ‘in the public interest’ he called for ‘full disclosure’ and independent review of all Hillsborough-related official documents. The Hillsborough Independent Panel was appointed in January 2010 and I headed its research.

New inquests, unprecedented in size, complexity and legal representation, followed. During five preliminary hearings the coroner, a high court judge, stated the inquest would not degenerate into an ‘adversarial battle’ between lawyers. It was a hollow wish.

Battle-lines were soon drawn. Allegations of drunkenness, ticketlessness and so-called late arrival were back on the agenda. Lawyers representing the police and other authorities distinguished between the ‘innocence’ of the 96 and the ‘guilt’ of an unidentified minority who survived.

31 March 2014, 11.43am

Before a jury and over 100 lawyers, the inquests opened in a converted office block on Birchwood Park industrial estate. Families presented moving personal profiles of loved ones. They were adapted to be non-controversial. Many family members, among them survivors, felt yet again they had been censored.

Throughout 22 months evidence was heard from over 500 witnesses. It focused on the stadium’s history, condition, safety and structural modifications, planning for the semi-final, and the disaster itself. Reports were presented by experts in safety, policing and pre-hospital emergency care.

Two medical teams reviewed the original pathological evidence. As anticipated, there was minimal common ground between fans’ and police accounts. The alteration of police and ambulance service statements was laid bare.

Foreseeable, ignored risks, first evident in a near fatal crush at Hillsborough in 1981, were revealed to the jury. Deficiencies included: restricted access from Leppings Lane, broken terracing, inadequate escape routes, locked perimeter track gates, ineffectual policing and stewarding.

All this had been exposed in my 1999 book and further detailed by the Panel’s research. The inquest jury heard it for the first time. The expert witnesses confirmed the stadium’s unsafe condition and policing failures.

25 January 2016, 10.16am

The Coroner began his complex, detailed and contested summing-up. He would offer only one possible verdict - unlawfully killed. Whether or not the jury returned this verdict, they were instructed to provide a narrative focusing on key questions. Five concerned policing and police actions. Others addressed the club’s conduct, stadium defects, stadium licensing and oversight, the safety advisors, and the emergency response.

One question was profoundly controversial. Asking if fans’ behaviour ‘caused or contributed to the dangerous situation’, it reflected repeated allegations made primarily by police officers. Ironically, and unknown to the jury, some who made these allegations had been interviewed by the investigation teams and were likely to face charges.

This revealed the problem of holding inquests before prosecutions and disciplinary actions have been completed. It threatened to reverse the Panel’s findings. Families and survivors were incensed.

With constant delays the Coroner’s summing-up lasted over two months. At 2.05pm on 6 April 2016, Day 308, the jury retired.

April 26 2016

The jury returned to a packed court at 11am on 26 April, twenty-five months on from the inquests’ opening. Their verdict was unanimous on all questions except one. On a 7-2 majority they concluded that the 96 had been unlawfully killed – gross negligence manslaughter. It reverberated around the court.

Sitting among families and survivors the release of tension, depth of pain and emotion of exhaustion was immediate. As the detailed narrative was delivered, the fans were exonerated, the institutions called to account. Complacency, profound negligence and persistent denial was fully exposed.

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Hillsborough vigil: Families of the 96 hailed at commemorative service

And the accidental death verdicts blighting the memory of the 96 were wiped from the record. Standing with them on the steps of St George’s Hall Liverpool on Wednesday evening, 30,000 people crowding the centre of Liverpool the condemnation of those who had inflicted suffering on the bereaved and survivors sang together ‘You Never Walk Alone’.

For families and survivors their journey is yet to be completed. Unprecedented in scope the current Operation Resolve and Independent Police Complaints Commission investigations will bring disciplinary actions and prosecutions. This week, in keeping with the Panel’s findings, the jury’s narrative laid full collective responsibility for the disaster at the doors of the organisations that - with appalling consequences - failed in their duty of care. Their determination to mask truth and escape justice has unravelled.

A version of this article first appeared in the Liverpool Echo and has been reproduced here with permission of the author.

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