Socialist Worker

Did cops fake Hillsborough statements?

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2389

More survivors of the Hillsborough football disaster have said police versions of their evidence are inaccurate.

Some 96 Liverpool football fans died as a result of a crush at Sheffield’s Hillsborough stadium in 1989. BBC’s Newsnight featured survivors, including Nick Braley, in a programme this week.

As Socialist Worker reported in 2012, Nick said police “questioned if I was in the Socialist Workers Party”.

Apparently this was because he’d worn a “Free Nelson Mandela” T-shirt. A handwritten note on an internal police memo described Nick as “totally anti-police”.

Another survivor, “John”, told Newsnight that two West Midlands police officers interviewed him after the disaster. He said a detective sergeant wrote down his statement but wouldn’t let him read it.

“I was simply told to sign what the detective sergeant had written,” he said.

John has now seen his statement. “It’s not my account,” he said.

Nick said his statement doesn’t reflect what he told police either.

Phil Scraton is the main author of an independent panel report into the disaster that reported in 2012. 

He said the revelations show that “the entire evidential base” of all previous inquiries and inquests is “flawed”.


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