Hillsborough disaster survivor: 'They lied to the 96 families'
THE truth of what really happened at the Hillsborough disaster 23 years ago has finally been revealed – proving that Liverpool fans were in no way to blame.
It has led to a Gloucester resident, who was there in the midst of the unfolding disaster on April 15, 1989, to call for inquests into those who perished to be reopened.
Liverpool fan Barry Leach, of Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, was in the stands on that fateful day. He said: "I watched it all unfold in utter disbelief, I couldn't believe what was happening. For 23 years the families of the 96 have been lied to, and now the truth is out. I don't think it brings closure as such yet. I would like to see the inquests of all those who died re-opened and the police should be subject to a criminal prosecution."
The devastating human crush happened during the semi-final FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.
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It resulted in the deaths of 94 people on the day, eventually rising to 96 with the deaths of two more victims in hospital. A total of 766 other people being injured. All of them were fans of Liverpool Football Club.
Since that day, questions have been asked over how the police dealt with the incident, and their reports from the time which attributed all blame to the Liverpool fans.
Yesterday the Hillsborough Independent Panel published its report into the tragedy, which proves the police were to blame.
The report also found 116 of the 164 police statements identified had been altered. The panel found 41 people out of 96 "had the potential to be saved".
Yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron offered a "profound" apology to the families.