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    Contains video from SF at Hillsborough in 1981 when 38 Spurs fans were injured after gates outside were opened.....


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    10:59am, Tue 3 Jun 2014 Stadium safety in the spotlight as Hillsborough Inquests resume
    Hillsborough Inquests - tragedy could have been 'avoided' if police had acted
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    Inquests hear tragedy could have been 'avoided' Credit: PA Pictures

    The Hillsborough inquests resumed today with the jury hearing claims that the disaster "probably would have been avoided" if the police had not decided to close 12 turnstiles at the ground.

    The court was told the turnstiles at Penistone Road were intended to serve the north stand. An additional 6,000 spectators had to use the 23 turnstiles at the Leppings Lane end, it was claimed.

    In a letter in June 1989, Sheffield Wednesday's consulting engineer Dr Wilfred Eastwood said: "My own view is that the disaster probably would have been avoided if the police had not taken the decision to restrict entry to the north stand to the turnstiles at the Leppings Lane end of the ground."

    "If the normal arrangement of eight turnstiles at Leppings Lane plus 12 turnstiles on Penistone Road had been in operation, 6000 of the ticket holders would have entered from Penistone Road and 4,000 from the Leppings Lane end.

    In effect, an extra 6,000 spectators had to be catered for which, in my view, was probably a dominant factor in the build-up of the crowd waiting to enter the Leppings Lane end."



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    Tuesday 10th.June.....




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    Thursday 12th.June.........No session......


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    Hillsborough inquest told Sheffield Wednesday breached safety rules

    Club admits safety certificate was not valid and risked potential criminal liability in years before 1989 disaster in which 96 died






    David Conn


    The Guardian, Monday 9 June 2014 14.41 BST


    Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground
    The jury was told that despite a reduction in Hillsborough's capacity, the safety certificate was never updated. Photograph: Hillsborough Inquests/PA


    A former secretary of Sheffield Wednesday has admitted the football club was in breach of its officially required safety certificate in the years before 96 people were killed in a lethal crush at its Hillsborough ground on 15 April 1989.

    Richard Chester, secretary from January 1984 to October 1986, a position then similar to chief executive, told the inquest into the disaster he was aware that the lack of up-to-date, drawn plans meant the safety certificate was not valid, and that breaching the certificate's conditions was a matter of potential criminal liability.

    Chester said that when he took over from the previous secretary, Eric England, he was aware that "radial" fences, built in the 1980s to divide the Leppings Lane terrace, had reduced its capacity to less than the maximum 10,100 stated on the safety certificate, drawn up in 1979. Despite that, the certificate and plans attached to it of the ground were never updated.

    Questioned by Christina Lambert QC, Chester acknowledged that Sheffield Wednesday was in breach of the terms and conditions of its safety certificate because the club had no system for counting the number of supporters entering each part of the ground.

    The certificate stated that 7,200 was the maximum capacity on the west terrace, Leppings Lane, and 2,900 on the north-west terrace in the corner. However, the club's turnstile counting system could not track which part of the ground fans entered after coming through the turnstiles numbered 7 to 23, and therefore could not count how many were in those areas.

    Explaining the purpose of a football club safety certificate, Chester said: "It is to ensure that the paying public are catered for and are hosted in a ground safe in the knowledge that the ground is safe for them."

    Lambert asked him whether he knew that a breach of a condition of the safety certificate at least exposed an individual to a criminal liability. He replied: "Yes."

    Chester told the inquest that he had never previously made it public that, independently of the capacity stated on the safety certificate and the club's safety policy, he used to withhold 250 tickets from sale for the Leppings Lane end when a large crowd was expected.

    He said he took the tickets out of circulation because: "If you have taken a section of terracing out which is not available for people, then there is less capacity."

    The inquest jury were told about two matches at Hillsborough in the 1980s at which police closed the tunnel leading to the central area of the Leppings Lane terrace, and directed incoming supporters to the areas at the sides. The jury has heard that the tunnel was not closed, or fans redirected to the sides, at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, when 96 people were killed in the two central pens behind the goal on the Leppings Lane terrace.

    At Sheffield Wednesday's home match against Barnsley on 7 January 1984, the inquest heard, some Barnsley supporters were delayed due to a traffic incident on the M1. After speaking to the South Yorkshire police officer in command, Ch Supt Brian Mole, the decision was taken to delay the kickoff.

    When the late-coming fans arrived, Chester said he and Mole ordered the tunnel leading to the Leppings Lane central area to be closed with two gates, and police and stewards were also stationed in front of the gates to direct supporters to the side areas.

    Chester said he and Mole had judged the terrace's central area to be "fairly well packed" by then. He said they had assessed this, by "visualising" the numbers behind the goal. The total crowd for that match was 29,000, Lambert said. The crowd on the day of the disaster was 54,000.

    The inquest also heard about Sheffield Wednesday's First Division fixture on February 2 1985 against Liverpool, when the central tunnel was closed after 10-12 coaches of Liverpool fans arrrived late.

    Chester said Mole was the police officer in command at every match at Hillsborough during his time working for Sheffield Wednesday. The coroner, Lord Justice Goldring, told the jury in his opening address that Mole was replaced less than three weeks before the 1989 semi-final by Ch Supt David Duckenfield, who had never commanded a match at Hillsborough before.

    Questioned by Pete Weatherby QC, for 22 families whose relatives died in the Hillsborough crush, Chester accepted there was a problem with the central area of the Leppings Lane end becoming overcrowded. Asked how Sheffield Wednesday managed that problem, Chester agreed it was based on him and chief superintendent Mole "wandering around and having a look" at how many fans were in there.

    "Did you not ask anybody at the club or police: 'What is the method, the policy, by which we manage this enclosed area, this cage in effect?'" Weatherby asked. "It was a bit hit and miss, wasn't it, Mr Chester."

    "Yes I think it would be fair to describe it as that," Chester replied – adding, however, that the system worked while he was at the club.

    When Chester left Sheffield Wednesday in October 1986, Weatherby asked: "Was this ad hoc, hit or miss arrangement passed on" as a policy to those who would succeed him.

    Chester replied that he had made the club director responsible for stadium safety, Keith Addy, aware of his concerns about the overcrowding problem at the Leppings Lane end, and that he had informed the chairman, Bert McGee, that Leppings Lane needed "undivided attention".

    The Leppings Lane was, Chester told the inquest, a "serious pinch point, a bottleneck" that had fans arriving in large numbers with tickets for different parts of that end of the ground. There were only 23 turnstiles to enter a stand with an allowed capacity of 10,100. Chester had himself conducted a survey at a match starting at 3pm, attracting a 30,000 crowd, which found that 72% of people arrived after 2:40pm.

    "There were not enough turnstiles for these very large crowds, were there?" Weatherby asked.

    "I would have to concede and say no, there wasn't," Chester replied.

    He was then taken through a scheme drawn up in 1985 that would have increased the number of turnstiles to 34, and allowed them to be dedicated to particular parts of the Leppings Lane end, so supporters could be accurately counted in.

    The board, Chester acknowledged under persistent questioning, did not proceed with that scheme because they baulked at the 127,000 cost.

    Lesser works were carried out instead at half that cost, leaving the number of turnstiles at 23, not dedicated to specific parts of the ground. Chester agreed that Sheffield Wednesday could attract grants of up to 75% for any works on Hillsborough, from the Football Grounds Improvement Trust.

    Weatherby then asked Chester about a series of players Sheffield Wednesday had signed between March 1984 and August 1985, including Simon Stainrod, bought from Queens Park Rangers for 260,000, Nigel Worthington, 130,000 from Notts County and Garry Thompson, 425,000 from West Bromwich Albion. Players were also sold for similar sums, and a board minute dated 7 March 1985 showed a credit balance of 689,000.

    "It puts into perspective the 120,000-130,000 for this [rejected Leppings Lane improvement] scheme, doesn't it?" Weatherby asked. Chester said: "Yes."

    Chester said he was at home watching on television the 1988 FA Cup semi-final, which like 1989 was between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough. He said he had been aghast to see that Liverpool had been allocated the Leppings Lane end. As the club with a bigger following, coming to Sheffield from the north, down the M1, Liverpool should have been given the larger standing area, the Spion Kop, he said.

    He referred to a League Cup match between Sunderland and Norwich City, when he had asked Graham Kelly, then the Football League's secretary, for the allocated ends to be switched, and Sunderland, the bigger, northern club, given the Kop. This was agreed within 48 hours, he said.

    Asked whether he realised that Kelly had become the secretary of the Football Association in 1989, who had allocated the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final to Hillsborough with Liverpool allocated the Leppings Lane end, Chester said he did not.

    The inquest in Warrington, Cheshire, continues.



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    Apologies for getting the links up a bit late but have been traveling through Europe......there wasn't a hearing on July the 1st.....



    Monday June 30th......




    AM Session......




    http://hillsboroughinquests.independ...-June-2014.pdf




    PM Session.....




    http://hillsboroughinquests.independ...-June-2014.pdf




    Wednesday 2nd.July.....




    http://hillsboroughinquests.independ...-2-July-AM.pdf




    PM Session.....




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    Journalist was told 'wicked lie' about gate being broken down by Liverpool fans at Hillsborough, inquests hear





    Jul 03, 2014 14:10
    By Amy Browne


    David Walker also told the jury about the scenes he witnessed on the day of the disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives








    File photo dated 15/04/89 of overcrowding in the fan enclosures at Hillsborough, during their FA Cup semi-final football match against Nottingham Forest.


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    A journalist who was at Hillsborough on the day of the disaster said he was told a ‘wicked lie’ about a gate being broken down by Liverpool fans trying to get into the ground.

    Giving evidence at the inquests, David Walker, who at the time worked for the Daily Mail and is now sports editor of the Sunday Mirror, said as events unfolded on the day he initially thought he was dealing with a hooligan situation because people were being told ticketless fans had broken down the gate.

    But when the match was abandoned and he made his way onto the pitch, he spoke to Liverpool fans who told him the exit gate had been opened allowing fans in. He said this was contrary to what he’d been told, and what the FA were leaking.

    Mr Walker told the jury he can’t remember who first said the gate had been broken down by fans.

    Mark George QC, asking questions on behalf of 22 of the families, said: “It was a wicked lie, wasn't it?”

    Mr Walker said yes and agreed he was misled by it.

    Mr George asked about fans who said they got in without tickets. Mr Walker said he spoke to between 12 and 20 fans and some said they got in and still had a full ticket.

    Mr Walker said when he went to Gate C later that afternoon, he could see it had not been broken. He said he also checked the wooden doors at the tunnel, going into the central pens and could see they hadn't been broken.

    Mr Walker later told the jury the disaster would not have happened if former match commander Chief Superintendent Brian Mole had been in charge.

    Chief Superintendent Mole was Hillsborough’s most experienced match commander and replaced by Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield shortly before the disaster.

    During questioning by John Beggs QC, representing retired superintendents David Duckenfield, Roger Greenwood and Roger Marshall, who were on duty on the day of the disaster, Mr Walker agreed that Mr Duckenfield had "little to no experience of sellout games at Hillsborough".

    Mr Beggs said: "So what we have, therefore, is an exemplary officer with leadership skills with a good blueprint for capacity matches, who is transferred out a matter of 19 or 20 days before this huge match."

    Mr Walker said yes.

    He added: “The evidence of the day suggested there was a complete breakdown in how the game was being policed.

    “(...) the fact that Brian Mole was removed from policing the Hillsborough area, not just the stadium, the actual area, and transferred to Barnsley, the fact that that happened and the events of the day I think are inextricably linked.”

    Earlier in today’s hearing Mr Walker was questioned by Rajiv Menon, on behalf of some of the families.

    The jury heard Mr Walker sat in the south stand as he waited for the game to begin, having come in through the Spion Kop end. He had a clear view of the Leppings Lane terraces.

    Mr Menon showed Mr Walker a statement he previously made which said: “I scanned the ground and at about 2.40pm I recall specifically noting that the centre sections of the terracing at the Leppings Lane end were packed to capacity and that the end sections were both free of fans for what I counted as four to six steps completely.”

    In the statement Mr Walker said that around the time of kick-off, he saw youngsters climbing up the fence, obviously in distress.
    He said: “I remember that policemen behind the goal were trying to put them back in”, and that it was "blindingly obvious" fans were in distress.

    Mr Walker said he remembers seeing a fan giving heart massage to a young boy.

    He said he also remembers seeing a photographer pushing a policeman onto the pitch, who ran to the referee and had the match cancelled.

    Mr Walker said from his seat he couldn’t see the police doing anything to assist with filling pens or distributing fans across the terrace.

    The first time police were noticeable, he said, was when the game had started and people were trying to climb out onto the pitch.

    He added: “There appeared to be no leadership as the disaster unfolded.

    “I could see from my position that the centre pens were full, and then overfull, as people were passing people out, yet no action was ordered from the police control box, who had a perfect view.”

    He said he felt "dismay" at the "absolute chaos".

    Mr Walker said after the changeover of policing at Hillsborough there had been just one match prior to the disaster, with a crowd of 15,777.

    He added: "To compare that with what you are then expecting somebody to mastermind, the policing of a semi-final, well it was a hugely challenging situation and one that I think led to the chaos and situation that we witnessed on that day.”


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    Thursday 3rd.July........




    Section taken from opening at today's hearing.........





    1 Thursday, 3 July 2014
    2 (10.10 am)
    3 IN THE PRESENCE OF THE JURY
    4 LORD JUSTICE GOLDRING: Good morning, members of the jury.
    5 Before we begin the evidence, Ms Lambert is going to
    6 give some indication of timetable, because I think it is
    7 important, not least from your points of view, to
    8 understand where we are.
    9 Discussion re timetabling
    10 MS LAMBERT: Sir, yes, thank you very much indeed. Now that
    11 we have concluded that section of the inquests which
    12 focuses upon stadium safety, we anticipated that the
    13 members of the jury might be assisted by an indication
    14 from us concerning future timetabling and our best
    15 judgment as to the overall length of these inquests.
    16 Sir, we have now commenced the evidence relating to
    17 the preparation and planning for the match on
    18 15 April 1989, and this will blend inevitably into the
    19 following sections, which concern the events of the day
    20 and the response to the emergency.
    21 We anticipate, on the basis of our timetabling of
    22 the witness evidence -- and, sir, a considerable amount
    23 of work has gone into the timetabling -- that we will
    24 have concluded relevant evidence concerning those
    25 sections of the inquests by the middle of January 2015.

    Page 2
    1 There will then follow a further phase in the
    2 inquests in which, with the benefit of the video
    3 analysis undertaken by Operation Resolve, we consider
    4 the movements of each of the deceased on the day, and
    5 that phase will also include calling medical evidence
    6 concerning each of the deceased on the issue of cause of
    7 death.
    8 Overall, sir, our best judgment is that these
    9 inquests will be completed by early July 2015.






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    Quick question would you like me to start writing the name of who's evidence is being heard together with the daily link ?.........
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    There wasn't a session on Wednesday 9th.July.....




    Thursday 10th.July.....




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    http://hillsboroughinquests.independ...ry-present.txt




    PM Session.....



    http://hillsboroughinquests.independ...ry-Present.txt




    Have used links to the text transcripts today, hopefully they will be alittle easier to read.......if any one prefers the other then let me know and I will change back.......




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    Friday 11th.July.....




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