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Hillsborough police chief said Liverpool fans ‘forced’ gate open, court told

Jury hears how Duckenfield told FA chief on day of disaster the casualties were caused by ‘inrush’ of fans into stadiumDavid Duckenfield, the South Yorkshire police officer who commanded the Hillsborough FA Cup semi-final at which 96 Liverpool supporte…

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Hillsborough trial: engineers made ‘gross’ error, says expert

John Cutlack tells court that figure given for safe capacity was an over-estimateThe “seeds of disaster” were sown at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground 10 years before 96 people were killed at a 1989 FA Cup semi-final, a court has been…

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Hillsborough trial: too few turnstiles used, says expert engineer

Court told of increased risk of overcrowding at stadium where 96 people lost their livesChanges made to turnstile arrangements for the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium, where 96 people lost their lives in a crush, in…

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Hillsborough trial: too few turnstiles used, says expert engineer

Court told of increased risk of overcrowding at stadium where 96 people lost their livesChanges made to turnstile arrangements for the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium, where 96 people lost their lives in a crush, in…

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Hillsborough officer in charge fails to put a stop to his prosecution

Manslaughter trial of ex-South Yorkshire police officer David Duckenfield is set for JanuaryDavid Duckenfield, the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who was in command of the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1989, which cost 96 peo…

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CPS drops all charges against former Hillsborough officer

Senior police officer Norman Bettison faced charges relating to statements about disasterThe Crown Prosecution Service has dropped all criminal charges against Sir Norman Bettison relating to his conduct as a South Yorkshire police officer in the force…

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Judge asked to lift prosecution ban on Hillsborough officer

David Duckenfield not in court for start of CPS application to bring manslaughter chargesAn application by the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute David Duckenfield, the South Yorkshire police officer who was in command at the FA Cup semi-final at H…

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I survived Hillsborough: now I say let’s bring back standing at football | Adrian Tempany

Ministers have rejected plans for safe standing areas. But the idea, backed by thousands of fans, deserves a fair hearingFootball supporters call out a Tory government for “declaring war on fans”. No, not a headline from the 1980s but a rallying cry la…

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Topman withdraws T-shirt from sale after Hillsborough row

Retailer says shirt referenced Bob Marley but campaigners saw a different interpretationTopman has withdrawn from sale a long-sleeved T-shirt that provoked widespread disgust by appearing to mock the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.The £20 red shi…

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Hillsborough relatives ‘disgusted’ by CPS decision over West Midlands police

Prosecutors say evidential threshold not met for charges over original investigation into football disasterRelatives of the 96 people killed at Hillsborough in 1989 have severely criticised a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to charge any …

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Hillsborough slur about fans burning police horse false, says CPS

Prosecutors find insufficient evidence for criminal case against officer over claims that horse was burned with cigarettesThe Crown Prosecution Service has found that a notorious slur against Liverpool supporters after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, t…

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Hillsborough police officer granted funds to fight potential manslaughter charges

Judge rules that David Duckenfield qualifies for assistance to contest attempts to lift stay on his prosecution granted at 2000 court caseThe former senior policeman who was the match commander at the Hillsborough disaster is to get funding to fight a …

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Kenny Dalglish: ‘As long as we’re living we won’t have closure on Hillsborough’

In a wide-ranging interview to coincide with the launch of a film about his life, Kenny Dalglish opens up about the tragedies of Hillsborough and Heysel but also the joys of football at Liverpool and Blackburn“I wanted to do it and they wanted to come,…

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Official review backs ‘Hillsborough law’ proposals

Review by former bishop of Liverpool makes 25 recommendations for future inquests where public authorities are represented An official review of the Hillsborough families’ 27-year ordeal since the 1989 disaster has recommended that bereaved families mu…

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More than six people should have been charged over Hillsborough | Martin Thompson

Many more were involved in the disaster, but now, 28 years after I last saw my brother, there are people who will face justice

Last Tuesday night, as I was getting into bed I was thinking about the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service to charge six people in connection with the Hillsborough disaster. I thought about those people waiting on the decision whose lives were about to be turned upside down and the anxiety they were feeling.

I have had many sleepless nights over the years because of Hillsborough. During the inquests, the night before I was to give evidence I had woken up crying – the tears streaming down my face. I couldn’t even remember what I had been dreaming about. I just sat in bed crying.

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Hillsborough relatives to learn if anyone will face charges over disaster

Families of victims will find out if any of the 23 suspects are to be charged over the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans in 1989Relatives of the 96 people killed in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster will learn on Wednesday whether anyone will fa…

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Hillsborough relatives to learn if anyone will face charges over disaster

Families of victims will find out if any of the 23 suspects are to be charged over the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans in 1989Relatives of the 96 people killed in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster will learn on Wednesday whether anyone will fa…

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Former chief constable wins legal challenge over Hillsborough resignation

Judges rule South Yorkshire PCC’s decision requiring David Crompton to resign after inquest findings ‘wholly disproportionate’

A former chief constable has won a high court challenge over a decision requiring him to resign.

Lawyers for David Crompton claimed there was no “fair or reasonable basis” for forcing the officer out of office in South Yorkshire.

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Jürgen Klopp: Hillsborough anniversary a significant day for whole of football

• Liverpool manager will halt training to pay tribute to victims of 28 years ago
• ‘We, as a team, will pause, show our respect and remember them on this day’

Liverpool will pay their own tribute at Melwood to the 96 people unlawfully killed at Hillsborough, with the manager Jürgen Klopp describing the 28th anniversary of the disaster as a significant day “for the whole of football”.

Related: Hillsborough: a day that began with hope and ended in avoidable tragedy

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‘Hillsborough law’ could imprison police officers who are not truthful

Bill proposed by Andy Burnham to impose duty of candour was prompted by 27-year fight for fair hearing for victims’ families

A proposed “Hillsborough law” requiring police forces and public authorities to be open and truthful in legal proceedings, including about their own failures, and that would give bereaved families the same resources as the police to make their case at future inquests is to be presented to parliament.

The 10-minute-rule bill will be introduced by Labour MP Andy Burnham on Wednesday. The public authority (accountability) bill would impose on public authorities and employees a duty to act with “transparency, candour and frankness”. Individual officials would face a fine or maximum two-year term in prison for failing to do so, including for feeding misleading information to the media.

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