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    The Attorney General has announced today (10th March 2014) that the Inquests into the events at Hillsborough are now active (even though they don't start until 31st March). This means that any juror can be influenced by information and opinion read outside the courtroom, and social media is included in this.

    http://hillsboroughinquests.independ...s-and-rulings/


    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/a...inquests-start

    Please notice this statement drawing attention to the Contempt of Court Act, whereby we may be liable if we do not comply.



    Attorney General issues advisory note before Hillsborough inquests start


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    The Attorney General asks people to take care when commenting online ahead of the Hillsborough inquest

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    AGO building at 20 Victoria Street, London


    The inquests into the deaths of the 96 people who died as a result of the events at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989 are due to begin on 31 March 2014.

    The inquests will be heard by a coroner (Lord Justice Goldring) together with a jury.

    Editors, publishers and social media users should note that the inquest proceedings are currently active for the purpose of the Contempt of Court Act 1981.

    The Attorney General wishes to draw attention to the risk of publishing material, including online, which could create a substantial risk that the course of justice in the inquests may be seriously impeded or prejudiced, particularly as this inquest involves a jury.

    This risk could arise by commentary which may prejudge issues that witnesses may give evidence about, or matters that the jury will need to consider in reaching their verdict. The inquests could also be prejudiced by publishing details of material (whatever its source) which may not form part of the evidence at the inquest.

    The Attorney General’s Office will be monitoring the coverage of these proceedings.


    Editors, publishers and social media users should take legal advice to ensure they are in a position to fully comply with the obligations they are subject to under the Contempt of Court Act. They are also reminded of the advisory note issued by Lord Justice Goldring on 11 February 2014.

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    Archive news story: Attorney General applies for fresh inquests for victims of Hillsborough disaster


    Published:10 March 2014
    Organisation:Attorney General's OfficeMinister:The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP
    As you can imagine, the last thing we wish to do is to allow the inquests, which have been fought for, for so long, to be compromised by anything posted on our own forums.

    If you see anything regarding opinion, information, even first hand knowledge, posted on these forums, ask the poster to edit their own post and use the Report button to alert a moderator. If in doubt, do not post.


    If there are any further developments on content of the forums we'll advise straight away.

    Thanks for your co-operation, and we hope that justice might finally be served for the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.
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    Final Hillsborough pre-inquest hearing will take place days before official opening in Warrington
    5 Mar 2014 19:24

    Last preliminary hearing to rake place at the Warrington venue on 27 March




    Birchwood Place business complex in Warrington


    The final preliminary hearing before the new Hillsborough inquests will be held later this month.

    The Judicial Office today confirmed that a pre-inquest hearing would be held on Thursday, March 27.

    Coroner Lord Justice Goldring will hold the hearing at the venue in Birchwood Park, Warrington where the full inquests will take place.

    A live video link will relay proceedings in a courtroom in Liverpool Crown Court.

    The full inquests will begin on March 31.



    Five other preliminary inquest hearings have been held since the original verdicts of accidental death were quashed in December 2012.

    This will be the first pre-inquest hearing to be held outside of London.


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    (Justice) 20-9-12,23:12

    The first steps towards justice are being taken but it will take time - hopefully not too much time due to the fact it has been 23 years since the disaster at Hillsborough. We have been both vindicated and exhonerated at long last.

    The truth, viewed both subjectively and objectively, must be considered with evidential examination.

    Justice is the examination of the facts with a metaphorical fine toothed comb. Justice is a matter of conscience at the end of the day. The evidence now exposed gives both progress and an egress of a long fought for fight for acknowledgement of the suffering caused over all of these years and tears.
    It is important that we comprehend the significance of the Hillsborough Inquests now being active, allow the evidence to be examined in a court of law.

    The examination of emotion in relation to the immediacy of the Hillsborough disaster has evolved with dignified examination and education over the years from the families affected and those who were there - and also those who witnessed it live on the television on the live broadcast and radio from the BBC and local news on that day.

    A great deal of work has been achieved by oh so many people in regard to ensuring and achieving justice for the 96 over the years, let the evidence speak for it's self upon factual examination in court, let us remember each of them, all of the 96, in our hearts on April the 15th at Anfield this year with hope in our hearts and faith that justice will be seen to be done.



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    ECHO comment: Thinking of the Hillsborough families on this momentous day





    Mar 31, 2014 06:02
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    Long-awaited new inquests begin in Warrington this morning




    The Hillsborough vigil at St George's Hall


    Today is a momentous day for the families of the 96 Hillsborough victims as, for the second time, they begin going through what will be a lengthy, emotional and exhausting inquest process.

    These new inquests – which get under way in Warrington this morning – are expected to last for around nine months.

    The original 80-day hearing, which took place in Sheffield between November 19, 1990 and March 28, 1991 – were the longest series of inquests in British legal history, which simply underlines the extra pressures that will be felt by the families on this occasion.

    This is why our thoughts and everybody’s thoughts should be with the families, as they again patiently sit and listen to the evidence surrounding the deaths of their loved ones.

    The families have shown great dignity and fortitude over the years, while having to try and come to terms with their terrible collective loss in the glare of the world’s media.

    Survivors will also be asked to relive the dreadful events of April 15, 1989, and we hope they, too, realise they have the good wishes of everyone in Merseyside.

    We know that the Inquests Secretariat has responded to concerns raised by families about various practical issues surrounding the hearings and we know all parties will be keen to ensure that this whole process is made as smooth as possible for the families and for the survivors.

    A great deal has been written about the story of Hillsborough these past 25 years but as a jury is now to consider all the evidence it is time for all sections of the media to simply report, and not comment on, the proceedings.

    So on this historic day, all that is left to say is we are all thinking about the families of the 96 – and we will continue to do so throughout these difficult months.

    How the ECHO will cover the inquests



    THE Liverpool ECHO has provided readers with coverage of the Hillsborough tragedy and its aftermath since the disaster on April 15, 1989.

    We will continue to provide you with in-depth coverage throughout the inquests.

    Our reporting team will be at the hearings every day to keep you updated with every step of the process.

    Every day we’ll be providing:

    Live coverage of the proceedings on our website

    Regular updates online at lunchtime and early evening

    A summary of the key points from the day on our website every evening

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    Thoughts and best wishes to the Families ....... JFT.96 and Survivors......
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    Mar 31, 2014 06:05
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    What we can expect from the proceedings in Warrington




    Preliminary Hearings for the new Hillsborough Inquests being held at 305 Bridgewater Place,Birchwood Park,Warrington. Pic Andrew Teebay.


    The new inquests into the 96 deaths at Hillsborough will start today.

    The hearings are expected to go on at least until Christmas and could potentially last for up to a year.

    This week will start with the selection of the jury – expected to be sworn in on Tuesday.

    Coroner Lord Justice Goldring will then start the hearings with an opening statement and barristers for the 96 families and for the 16 other interested parties will also make opening comments.

    The counsel to the inquests – a team of six barristers led by Christina Lambert QC – will present the main evidence to the coroner.

    There will be a total of 86 legal representatives involved in the inquests.

    Twenty-six of these represent the families while 54 will represent the other interested parties in the case – these include organisations, such as South Yorkshire Police and the FA, and individuals such as retired superintendents David Duckenfield, Roger Greenwood and Roger Marshall.

    Counsel for the interested parties will be able to cross-examine controversial evidence put before the court.

    After the opening, the court will hear background statements or “pen portraits” on each of the 96 victims.


    The statements have been written by family members and will be read out either by them or by barristers on their behalf.

    They are intended to present a short biography of each victim to the jury.

    In one of the preliminary hearings counsel to the inquest Christina Lambert said the purpose of the statements was so the jury could “put the individuals very much at the centre of the inquests”.

    As each statement is read a photo of the victim will be shown on screens in the court.

    There will be a week’s break in the proceedings for the week starting April 14 for the 25th anniversary commemoration events to take place.

    A memorial service will be held at Anfield on April 15 to mark 25 years since the day of the Sheffield disaster.

    The reading of personal statements will continue when the court comes back after the break and is expected to finish around April 29.

    There will then be another break in the inquests for experts to analyse pathology reports.

    The break was called for by Judy Khan QC, representing the Hillsborough Family Support Group, last Thursday after she said there had been a delay in serving the reports, which had been expected at the beginning of March.

    She asked for a three to four week break for the evidence to be reviewed.

    LJ Goldring agreed to an adjournment after the personal statements, but said the length of the break would be subject to discussion.

    When the hearings reconvene there will be a brief “uncontroversial” and factual account of the day’s events given.

    The jury members will be taken on a site visit to the Hillsborough stadium.

    Their visit will take in the ground including the police control box, although it is now in a different position to where it was in 1989.

    Jurors will be also taken to the memorial at the ground but not allowed to read tributes there.

    They will be provided with a three-dimensional model of the stadium as it was in 1989 as well as maps and photos.

    When the jury returns to court the first topic – stadium safety – will be introduced.

    The court will hear from an expert who will give a history of the stadium before giving his views on the safety of the ground.

    The next topic will be the preparation and planning ahead of the day itself and will be followed by evidence on the events of the day.

    Experts will be called to give evidence on pre-hospital emergency care and policing on the day.

    The largest part of the inquests will deal with the individual cases of the 96.

    The jury will be asked to reach conclusions on each of the 96 deaths so this part of the inquests will be split into segments.

    Video compilations put together by officers from criminal investigation Operation Resolve will show each individual’s movements following their arrival at the stadium on April 15, 1989.

    Pathology reports prepared for each victim will cover their cause of death, the process leading to their death and, if possible, the prospect of their survival.

    The inquests will be held in a venue in Birchwood Place, Warrington , which was converted specifically for the purpose of holding the hearings.

    The 15,000 sq ft building houses the courtroom, consulting rooms for interested parties and their legal teams to use and an annexe where press and relatives can watch the proceedings in the court via television screens.

    How does an inquest work?

    THE purpose of an inquest is to find out who died, when and where they died, how they died and in what circumstances.

    Inquests are fact-finding exercises – there are no formal allegations or pleadings and they do not apportion blame.

    There are a number of verdicts available in an inquest.

    They include natural causes, accident or misadventure, unlawful killing or neglect.

    A narrative verdict can also be recorded – setting out the how the death came about – or an open verdict – where there is not enough evidence to draw a conclusion and the case is left open until more evidence appears.

    In an inquest the jury must reach its verdict on the balance of probabilities, meaning the evidence suggests it is more likely than not.

    But, if it finds a verdict of unlawful killing it must be proved beyond all reasonable doubt – which is the criminal standard of proof.

    There are no prosecution or defence barristers at an inquest, but witnesses may be represented by lawyers.

    Interested persons, or their legal representatives, are permitted to ask questions.

    The coroner decides who the interested persons in an inquest are.

    They can include family members of the deceased, anyone whose action or failure to act might have contributed to the death, and representatives of enforcing authorities or Government departments.

    Witnesses in inquests are not obliged to answer any questions that might incriminate themselves.

    The coroner will inform witnesses they can refuse to answer questions when they think they might cause the witnesses to incriminate themselves.

    How will the jury be formed and who will be selected?

    MORE than 1,000 jury summons were sent out to members of the public ahead of the Hillsborough Inquests.

    Those who received one were also asked to fill in questionnaires when.

    Questions included whether they or any family members or close friends had ever worked or volunteered for any police force.

    Potential jurors were also asked whether they were supporters of Liverpool or Sheffield Wednesday football clubs.

    Some of the 1,000 who were sent summons were excluded following the questionnaire.

    The original jury pool was whittled down to about 150.

    They will be called to the court in Birchwood Park, Warrington, today.

    Of those 150, 21 will be selected at random.

    They will be given a list of witnesses to establish whether any are known to them and the answers on their questionnaire may be queried by the coroner or barristers.

    Eleven of the 21 will make up the jury while 10 will sit on a reserve panel.

    They will all listen to the opening proceedings in case any of the official jury have to be excused from the panel and need replacing.

    After the opening, the reserve panel will be dismissed.

    The jury will be told to prepare for the inquests to go on for potentially a year.




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    Thanks for this Duncan - good work.

    Thoughts are with the families - hopefully this is a positive process for them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha Papa View Post
    Thanks for this Duncan - good work.

    Thoughts are with the families - hopefully this is a positive process for them all.

    Here are today's updates.......


    11:20 am


    Dan Kay



    Just been informed over the PA system that the prospective jurors have now left the building where they were waiting in another part of Birchwood Business Park, and they are now walking over to 305 where we are. People asked to stay within the court room as the prospective jurors are processed through security.



    11:31 am


    Dan Kay



    Our first report today: Mixed emotions as inquests into the deaths of the Hillsborough 96 get underway



    Day one of the Hillsborough inquest. Donna Miller holds a picture of her brother Paul Carlile as she arrives at the Coroners Court in Warrington. Picture Jason Roberts.
    Day one of the Hillsborough inquest. Donna Miller holds a picture of her brother Paul Carlile as she arrives at the Coroners Court in Warrington. Picture Jason Roberts.




    11:37 am


    Dan Kay



    Told that they're down to the last 20 or so jurors to get through security now so we should be finally underway soon



    11:43 am


    Dan Kay



    The court has risen for Lord Justice Goldring and we are underway at 11.43am



    11:50 am


    Dan Kay



    Lord Goldring indicates the process by which the jury will be selected. They will be brought into the courtroom in groups of 25 to avoid them having to come in and out individually.



    11:55 am


    Dan Kay



    Lord Goldring will ask the potential jurors about any queries arising from the questionnaire they had to fill in, and make two further points himself: he will inform them that the inquests could take 12 months rather than the 9 that were first foreshadowed, and will also ask them to indicate if they are supporters of any of the following three football clubs: Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.

    If any of the potential 11 jurors have a problem they will be asked to approach Lord Goldring and explain the issue. Nothing private or confidential will be revealed. If there is no problem, they will be asked to sit in the jury box.

    If there are any matters that require argument between legal counsel, these will be conducted away from any of the potential jurors. Whatever happens, the swearing-in process will not happen today.



    12:15 pm


    Dan Kay



    Mild amusement around the court as one potential juror reveals he is an Everton fan



    12:17 pm


    Dan Kay



    11 potential jurors now selected - a further ten will now be chosen in case of any problems tomorrow



    12:21 pm


    Dan Kay








    12:33 pm


    Dan Kay



    Seven of the back-up ten jurors have now been chosen - the next batch of 25 being given the procedural briefing by Lord Justice Goldring, just three more now to find



    12:39 pm


    Dan Kay



    The 11 jurors and 10 potential jurors are now being taken to separate rooms to wait.



    12:51 pm


    Dan Kay








    12:52 pm


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    12:52 pm


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    12:57 pm


    Dan Kay



    Concerns have been raised over the eligibility of certain jurors so the selection process will continue - Lord Justice Goldring stands them down with an assurance that it is no reflection on them



    1:08 pm


    Dan Kay



    Lord Goldring address the jurors as the significance of the inquests that they will be presiding over.

    He says "It is fundamental to put out of your mind anything that you have previously heard or read about Hillsborough.

    "Please do not research Hillsborough on the internet or in any other way.

    "Do not discuss what happens in the case with anyone and do not post anything on Facebook, Twitter or any other such sites.

    "I will discuss this with you in more detail later today but feel it is important to make this clear from the outset."



    1:44 pm


    Dan Kay








    1:44 pm


    Dan Kay



    The hearing has now adjourned for lunch and will resume, in Lord Goldring's words, 'at some time' this afternoon



    3:00 pm


    Dan Kay




    Video: Margaret Aspinall on the new Hillsborough inquests









    3:04 pm


    Dan Kay



    Lawyers still in discussions. We've been given an indication that it will be at least half an hour before the hearing resumes



    3:42 pm


    Dan Kay








    3:46 pm


    Dan Kay



    Lord Goldring has returned to the court and has now asked for the jurors to be brought in



    3:52 pm


    Dan Kay



    The make up of the jury has slightly changed - it is now made up of six women and five men



    4:05 pm


    Dan Kay



    Before sending them home for the evening, Lord Goldring reiterates the instructions he handed down to the jurors below lunch.

    He said "There has been many words written and published about the Hillsborough disaster, programmes on the television and radio, and vast amounts of information on the internet. There may be great temptation for you to research these things. My direction is simple: I request that you do not.

    "It is vital that your deliberations and conclusions are based only on the evidence that you hear and I ask you very strongly that you do not do any of these things. I appreciate the length of time this will all take but please do not discuss it even with your family."



    4:07 pm


    Dan Kay



    Further legal argument is now taking place but must remain private due to the absence of the jury



    4:29 pm


    Dan Kay



    Lord Goldring has adjourned the hearing for the day and we will resume at 10.30am tomorrow morning



    4:43 pm


    Dan Kay



    Here is our first day report from Eleanor Barlow:

    Hillsborough inquests jury expected to be sworn in tomorrow
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    The names of the 96 read out as inquests into deaths of Hillsborough disaster victims get underway





    Apr 01, 2014 12:03
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    Coroner Lord Justice Goldring reads out his opening statement




    Lord Justice John Goldring


    Follow the proceedings live here

    The jury in new inquests into the 96 deaths in the Hillsborough disaster were told their task was to “reveal the truth”, as the hearings were officially opened today.

    A panel of seven women and four men was formally sworn in at the hearing in Birchwood Park, Warrington.

    The names of the 96 who died in the 1989 disaster were read out to a silent courtroom before the jurors took the oath.

    Coroner Lord Justice Goldring gave an opening statement to the inquests in which he set out the task facing the jury.

    He told them not to be swayed by media reports or to research the tragedy from other sources, and to put out of their minds any “agenda” surrounding the disaster.

    The coroner also said the job of the inquests was not to investigate the previous hearings, held in Sheffield under coroner Dr Stefan Popper, but to concentrate on establishing the facts.

    Lord Justice Golrding began his opening statement by outlining the events of the day to the jury

    He said: “On Saturday 15th April 1989, almost 25 years ago, the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield was the scene of the worst ever disaster at a British sports stadium.“

    An FA Cup semi final was to be played between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs.

    “A capacity crowd was expected and the match was to kick off at 3pm. Around the time of kick-off a terrible crush developed in two pens within the standing terraces at the west end of the stadium, the Leppings Lane End, where the Liverpool fans were standing.

    “Those in terraces could not escape. A high metal fence at the front of the pens prevented them. The pressure in the pens built up.

    “Many of those in the pens suffered terrible crushing injuries.

    “Ninety-six women, men and children died and over 400 were treated in hospital.

    “The disaster is seared into the memories of the very many people affected by it, most notably of course the families of the 96 people who died."

    The coroner told the jury they would have to investigate each of the 96 deaths.

    He added: “We shall consider the experiences and deaths of each one of those 96 individuals.

    “That is something we must never lose sight of during the course of the hearing.”

    He told the jury the verdicts of the original inquests in 1990/91 had been “set aside” by the High Court in December 2012 after a campaign by the families.

    He said: “We are not concerned with whether what was decided in previous inquests was right or wrong.”

    He told them the inquests were being held so the truth could be “brought to light.”



    LJ Goldring added: “Our task is to investigate facts, reveal the truth in a public forum and reach conclusions based on evidence presented.”

    He reiterated a warning from yesterday that jurors should not research the disaster and should “put out of their minds” anything they might have read or heard about it.

    There were emotional scenes in the specially-created courtroom as the 96 were named.

    Relatives wept quietly as each name was slowly read to the jury by counsel to the inquests, Christina Lambert QC.

    Ms Lambert’s voice cracked as she calmly proceeded through the emotional roll-call before the jurors were sworn in.

    Explaining the role of the jury during the inquest, the coroner said: “As part of your task, you will, I anticipate, have to consider the underlying circumstances which contributed to the cause of these deaths, whether opportunities were lost which might have prevented the deaths or saved lives.”

    He added: “It’s important you approach these inquest hearings with an open mind.

    “You must not approach it with a pre-formed case or agenda.”

    Quoting from previous comments made on the fresh inquests, the coroner said: “While searching fearlessly for the truth, we should avoid this hearing degenerating into the kind of adversarial battle which looking back on it scarred the original inquests.”

    The jury was told the order in which they would hear the evidence.

    LJ Goldring told the court they would first hear “pen portraits” of each of the 96 victims.

    The jury would then be given background on “uncontroversial” facts from the day, including about the stadium.

    Members would then be taken on a visit to the Sheffield ground.

    The first full topic would be stadium safety when the court would hear from experts on the matter.

    That topic would be followed by a section on the preparation and planning ahead of the semi-final, including evidence from police, emergency services and the club.

    Evidence relating to the day of the disaster would then be heard from supporters, residents, police officers, stewards, ambulance staff and others.

    LJ Goldring warned the jury they would be judging what happened by the standards of 1989, not by the standards of today.

    The eighth topic, which the coroner said he expected to take some time, would be the experiences of the 96 people who died.

    He said: “In order to allow us to fully answer the critical question as to how the 96 people died we shall hear evidence about the movements of each person through the crowd, their place in the fatal crush and the care which was given to them afterwards.”

    The final topic for evidence would be pathological reports for each of the victims, giving a medical cause of death.

    LJ Goldring said: “It will also try to answer the important but sometimes very difficult question of whether a person could have been saved, if earlier or different medical care had been given.”This afternoon the coroner was due to summarise further facts of the case to the jury.


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    Hillsborough Disaster inquests: 'Should Duckenfield have been in charge?', coroner asks newly sworn-in jury





    Apr 01, 2014 14:05
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    Proceedings are underway in the Warrington courtroom




    David Duckenfield, who was South Yorkshire Police match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989


    The jury in the new Hillsborough disaster inquests were told they might be asked to consider if it was a "sensible decision" to appoint Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield as match commander of the 1989 game.

    In his opening of the inquests coroner Lord Justice Goldring also told the jury the capacity of the Leppings Lane End of the Sheffield stadium, where the fatal crush happened, was "substantially too high".

    He said Chief Supt Duckenfield had never commanded a match at the Hillsborough stadium before.

    He said: "He certainly did not gave the wealth of experience of his immediate predecessor Chief Superintendent Mole."

    The court heard Chief Supt Duckenfield had been promoted on March 27 1989, just weeks before the FA Cup semi final, and it was decided immediately he should take over from Chief Supt Mole as match commander.

    Lord Justice Goldring told the jury: "Whether that was a sensible decision may be something for you to have to consider."

    The court heard after the 1988 semi-final, also between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest, fans reported pressure and crushing within the pens.

    But, the coroner said, there were no reports of serious injuries and senior officials within the police, the club and the Football Association regarded the match as a success - using it as a model for the 1989 game.

    He said police drew up detailed plans for the supporters arriving at the match on April 15 1989 to ensure fans of the two teams were kept apart - in response to "concerns about hooliganism".


    He said: "It may be said by some that was a reasonable concern given the extent of serious soccer hooliganism at the time.

    "It may be said by others that police planning was too focused on problems of disorder and insufficiently focused on issues of crowd safety."

    He also told the jury they would hear evidence that crush barriers did not meet with standards in stadium safety guide the Green Guide.

    He said: "In 1986 one barrier, barrier 144, was partly removed at the suggestion of South Yorkshire Police.

    "Evidence will be heard that their heights were not all in accordance with the Green Guide and neither was their spacing.

    "You will hear evidence of the effect removing part of barrier 144 had on forces generated elsewhere in the pens."


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    Hillsborough families 'distressed and angry to this day' says coroner





    Apr 01, 2014 16:50
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    Lord Justice Goldring sums up case to jury in Warrington




    Lord Justice Goldring in Warrington


    The coroner in the new Hillsborough inquests told the jury relatives "remain distressed and angry to this day" about the way they were treated after the disaster.

    Lord Justice Goldring summarised the case to the newly sworn in jury in his opening to the case today.

    He told the jury the previous coroner Dr Stefan Popper had ordered the bodies of the victims were kept in the Sheffield Wednesday gymnasium rather than moved to hospital mortuaries.

    * You can read all our Hillsborough stories by clicking here

    The identification process began at 9.30pm and a boys club was turned into a reception centre for families.

    LJ Goldring said most found the experience "dreadful".

    He said: "Many of the bereaved remain distressed and angry to this day about the way in which they and the bodies of their loved ones were treated on that evening."

    The court heard Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield had given the order to open the exit gates of the stadium before the fatal crush on April 15 1989.

    But he later told the chief executive of the Football Association Graham Kelly the gate had been forced open by fans.

    Mr Kelly repeated the information in a radio interview and it was picked up by other media outlets.

    LJ Goldring said: "There is no question of Gate C having been forced at 2.52pm, when the main group of fans came in.

    "As I have said, Chief Superintendent Duckenfield ordered that it be opened.

    "This early account resulted in some seriously inaccurate reporting of events.

    "You will want to consider why Chief Superintendent Duckenfield said what he did."

    The jury was also told the first call from police to ambulance control, shortly after 3.06pm, requested just a "few ambulances" after reporting "pushing and shoving".

    The request was quickly changed to a "fleet of ambulances".

    The first description of the event as a "major incident" was not until 3.21pm when an ambulance officer at the scene contacted control.

    Lord Justice Goldring said: "Still the major incident procedures oft he emergency services, including the police, were not fully enacted."

    The coroner told the jury that among the victims were a father and son, three pairs of brothers, a pair of sisters and friends who had gone to watch the football together.


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    There are no reporting restrictions ordered on today's proceedings....





    I actually attended today and watched the video link at The Family Courts in Liverpool......and for the first time learned that there are actually gates at the very top of each pen which allowed fans to move from pen to pen....must add though that they were probably very difficult to see if closed and of course the pens are full.......I would imagine and hope that this will be questioned as to wether these were open and/or locked.....
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    Because so much is being discussed / said during the daily sessions and because of not wanting to write anything I shouldn't I will from today only put up , on a daily basis, a link to the transcript from that or the previous day.....I apologise for this as many of you have now got used to me putting everything up in detail, but I think it's for the best all round....


    Link to yesterdays transcript of the AM proceedings..............



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




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    Transcript of yesterday's PM hearing....



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    Good Morning.....


    Here is the link to transcript of yesterdays session[Wednesday 2/4/14]....Lord Goldring has now completed his opening speech........

    Today is the start of the 'Pen Portraits' for each of our 96 which will be read out by a family member or friend......don't think I need to say how distressing this is going to be for the families....

    Heartfelt thoughts with all of them........

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    Thursday 3rd.April......


    today saw the start of the 'Pen Portraits' of each of the 96.......all I can say is that it was heart breaking listening to just 9 today.



    AM session......


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


    PM session


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



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    We are now into the second week of the new inquests. All this week the jury will continue to hear the 'Pen Portraits' of our 96.......



    Monday 7th.April.


    AM session....

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



    PM session.....


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    Tuesday 8th April......


    AM session......

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




    Wednesday 9th.April.....


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




    Thursday 9th.April.....


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



    There will not be any sessions now until Tuesday 22nd.April......



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    Tuesday 22nd. April......


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    Monday. 28th. April.....


    AM Session.....



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




    Tuesday. 29th.April.....



    AM Session.....



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




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    I've read all of those pen portraits.
    Some were so sad.
    I thought they really put a human face to each of the '96'.

    To me, they are no longer just names carved into the memorial.


    Good work in keeping us all updated NAC.
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    Hillsborough inquests to resume with 'uncontroversial facts' about disaster from senior Operation Resolve officer





    May 19, 2014 11:41
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    Detective Superintendent Neil Malkin will cover topics such as previous inquiries and the layout of the stadium






    Detective Superintendent Neil Malkin, the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Resolve


    The Hillsborough inquests will resume tomorrow and hear “uncontroversial facts” about the disaster.

    Detective Superintendent Neil Malkin, the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Resolve, will present the evidence.

    He will cover a number of topics including previous inquiries into the 1989 disaster, the layout of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium and other issues.

    He has been asked to do this by the coroner overseeing the inquests, Lord Justice Goldring.


    The inquests have so far heard 14 days of evidence, 11 of which were personal portraits of the 96 people who died in the disaster .

    Operation Resolve is a separate police investigation into the causes of the disaster on April 15, 1989 at an FA Cup Semi Final between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest.7




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    You can watch the video shown to the Jury today .........there are some very distressing scences



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    Five things we learned from Day 16 of the Hillsborough Inquests





    May 21, 2014 22:38
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    Joe Thomas sums up Day 16 of the Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington







    Hillsborough, 15 April 1989


    1. That Exit Gate C was opened three times before kick-off:

    Exit Gate C, one of three exit gates at the Leppings Lane end of the Hillsborough stadium, was opened three times between 2.48pm and 2.59pm. On all three occasions Liverpool fans entered the stadium through the gate. The first opening of the gate came one minute after Supt Marshall had called for Gates A, B and C to be opened, but was opened only to eject a young fan from stadium. After 150 fans managed to get through Gate C it was closed. At 2.52pm it was re-opened for around six minutes on the orders of match commander Chief Supt Duckenfield.

    2. There were no directions given to fans entering through Gate C between 2.52pm and 2.58pm

    Jurors heard that previous estimates suggest 2,000 Reds fans entered Hillsborough through Gate C after Ch Supt Duckenfield ordered for it to be opened at 2.52pm. Camera footage showed many of those fans, once in the ground, headed down the tunnel into the West Stand. Those fans were given no directions as to where to go once in the ground.

    3. That a request to send a fleet of ambulances to Hillsborough was initially turned down

    In total, 42 ambulances took 162 casualties from Hillsborough to three nearby hospitals. But an initial request made by Supt Murray for a fleet of ambulances to be sent to the stadium was refused. At 3.07pm Supt Murray radioed the police control box at the stadium calling for a fleet of ambulances. That message was conveyed to South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service, which said it could not send a fleet and that its officers on the ground would assess the situation. Ambulances were only sent in bulk from 3.13pm, after a SYMAS officer at the ground was told of potential fatalities from the disaster.

    4. A police request for bolt cutters to be sent to the ground to cut through the perimeter fence at the Leppings Lane end was unsuccessful

    At 3.10pm a request was made from the police control box at Hillsborough for bolt cutters to be brought to the ground to cut through the wire mesh of the perimeter fence at the Leppings Lane end. A nearby police garage was unable to assist.

    5. Hillsborough was first declared a “major incident” at 3.21pm – 15.5 minutes after the match had been stopped

    The first official to declare Hillsborough as a “major incident” was an officer from SYMAS, who made the call at 3.21pm. The match had been halted just over 15 minutes earlier and emergency services were already aware there could be fatalities at the ground by this point.




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    Contains a 3D video of how the stadium would have looked in 1989......

    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/...n-fans-7161112
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