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Met chief was 'confused' over Hillsborough

Issue No. 2379

Metropolitan Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe gave an incorrect statement relating to the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.

Some 96 Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush. Hogan-Howe was an inspector at South Yorkshire Police at the time. 

He was in charge at a boys’ club where one officer read out a list of people said to be “safe and well”. This included Adam Spearritt, who died in the disaster.

The 1990 Taylor inquiry found that a “failure of police control” was to blame for the disaster.

An independent panel report highlighted police failings and a cover-up. Hogan-Howe was asked about his role on the day in the wake of the panel’s report.

He said he had “provided statements to the Taylor report about his role following the tragedy”. But it has now emerged that this is not true.

Hogan-Howe blamed his incorrect claim on “confusion”.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says it will look into his actions on the day.

Families of the victims want to know why he appears never to have made an official statement to the inquiry.

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Tue 12 Nov 2013, 17:43 GMT
Issue No. 2379
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