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Hillsborough commander 'told officers any fighting would be done by police'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:48
Police witness at inquest recounts 'battle speech' briefing in car park before semi-final where 96 Liverpool supporters died

The South Yorkshire police officer who commanded the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, when 96 Liverpool supporters died, gave an "eve of battle" style briefing at an earlier match, saying "any fighting would be done by the police," the inquest into the disaster has heard.

Inspector Timothy Mitchell, a constable in 1989, told the inquest that chief superintendent David Duckenfield gave the briefing in the car park at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground.

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Hillsborough inquest hears of police commander's transfer before match

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 18:28
Police witness at inquest into 1989 disaster denies that 'prank' led to loss of officer with most experience of policing fans

The South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who had experience of commanding football matches at Hillsborough was transferred 19 days before the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, shortly after officers in his division played a brutal "prank" on a probationary constable involving a gun.

The inquest into how 96 Liverpool supporters died at that 1989 match was told that in Ch Supt Brian Mole's F division, four officers had to resign and seven were disciplined after the prank, which occured in October 1988, came to light.

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Police at Hillsborough lied to media during disaster, inquest hears

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 21:46
Journalist who was covering the 1989 FA Cup semi-final says he was misled when police briefed that Liverpool supporters had forced an exit gate to gain entry

Police at Hillsborough told a "wicked lie" to the media about what led to the deaths of 96 people, even as the disaster was unfolding, the new inquest has been told.

Journalist David Walker, now the Sunday Mirror sports editor, who was covering the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest for the Daily Mail, said police, via "unwitting" Football Association officials, briefed that Liverpool supporters had forced a large exit gate to gain entry to the ground en masse.

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Coventry City owners Sisu found to have seriously mismanaged club

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 12:38
Hedge fund withheld Ricoh Arena rent of £100,000 a month
Club has lost £40m since Sisu took over in 2008

Sisu, the hedge fund owners of Coventry City who moved the proud club to Northampton, have suffered total defeat in a high court judgment damning their mismanagement and a rent-strike they conducted to imperil the owners of the Ricoh Arena.

In the action, Sisu made allegations that Coventry City Council and its officers behaved improperly when the council refinanced a loan to the arena operating company, ACL, in January 2013. Mr Justice Hickinbottom found that the council behaved properly throughout, but was prompted to buy out the loan partly because, in April 2012, Sisu had withheld rent due at the Ricoh in order to financially distress ACL and buy a half share of it at a knockdown price.

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Hillsborough police officer in command 'had little training' for 1989 FA Cup

Mon, 30/06/2014 - 15:42
Ch Supt David Duckenfield, in charge of semi-final when 96 Liverpool supporters died, had never commanded a sell-out match before, says his barrister

The officer in charge of policing the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough when 96 Liverpool supporters died did not "know what he was looking for" when assessing whether the ground was overcrowded, his own barrister has suggested.

John Beggs QC said it was "valid" to ask whether Ch Supt David Duckenfield and his fellow senior officers Roger Marshall and Roger Greenwood should have been in command at Sheffield Wednesday's football ground that day, 15 April 1989.

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Hillsborough: evidence 'does not support claims that fans had no tickets'

Sun, 29/06/2014 - 12:46
Structural engineer tells inquest that number of spectators in stadium did not exceed limit on safety certificate

The suggestion that many people without tickets entered the Hillsborough football ground when 96 Liverpool supporters died there in 1989 is not borne out by the evidence, the inquest into the disaster has heard.

John Cutlack, a structural engineer appearing as an expert witness on stadium safety, calculated the number of spectators in the ground, and said it did not exceed the number who should have been there according to Sheffield Wednesday's safety certificate.

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