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Thursday 14 December 2017

Hillsborough police officer: I told a terrible lie

Former Chief Superintendent of South Yorkshire Police David Duckenfield
Former Chief Superintendent of South Yorkshire Police David Duckenfield

THE police officer in charge of the Hillsborough soccer stadium on the day of the 1989 disaster has apologized for telling a "terrible lie" and then misleading people.

At the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, a crush in an overcrowded standing-only section led to 96 deaths.

New inquests are currently being held after the original verdicts of accidental death were overturned, and former chief superintendent David Duckenfield gave evidence yesterday.

In meetings immediately after the April 1989 crush, Duckenfield admitted to saying that fans had "got in through gates" which he now says was a "terrible lie in that everybody knew the truth."

Duckenfield acknowledged: "I did not say I have authorized opening of the gates."

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