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Hillsborough - relief and vindication for families says Caroline Flint

Commenting after the Hillsborough Jury verdict, Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said:

“After a two year Inquest and a 27 year wait, today has provided some justice for the 96 who died, 730 who were injured and their families, during this disastrous event.

“The jury have issued a clear decision that there were clear errors by the police, in the plan for managing the crowd, on the day of the match, in the control box, and including the actions of the Commanding Officers.

“To add to their grief families who saw loved ones leave to enjoy a day of football suffered too from blame for the tragedy being attached to Liverpool fans.

“I hope the Inquest verdict that fans were not to blame for what happened that day provides some relief and vindication for the families of those who died and the survivors in their long pursuit of justice.”

The Inquest also determined that Sheffield Wednesday Club were culpable for the poor certification after the Leppings Lane end had been modified; and over the way turnstiles were organised.  The jury also determined that ambulance service errors also contributed to the deaths.

On 15 April 1989, at the start of an FA Cup Semi-final, the 96 Liverpool fans were killed as the police gave permission to open Gate C at the Leppings Lane end of the Sheffield Wednesday Ground, to reduce the crowds outside the ground.  This resulted in 2,000 Liverpool fans flooding into a tunnel, directly into Pens 3 and 4 in the centre of the stand.  Barrier gave way and many people fell in the crush.

 

UPDATE

Caroline spoke on the verdict in the Commons. View her speech here

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