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Inquest is told of 'flaws' at Hillsborough ground

Issue No. 2408

Former Sheffield Wednesday safety officer Graham Mackrell this week gave evidence at new inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans.

The fans died as a result of a crush at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium in April 1989.

Nick Brown is representing some of the families of the dead. 

He asked Mackrell why the club didn’t make sure terraces were safe and capacities properly calculated “through a full safety survey” before reopening after the disaster.

Mackrell replied that “we had no reason to believe the figures were incorrect”.

Mackrell agreed with Brown’s claim that the turnstile system, which didn’t record the number of fans going into each area, “was deeply flawed”.

The inquest also heard that the club took “two to three years” to buy a standard first aid box.

Fiona Barton QC, representing South Yorkshire police, said St John Ambulance volunteers attended Hillsborough for a number of years “without payment”.

When the club did start paying, instead of making an extra donation it gave each volunteer a free meat pie at a match.

The inquests continue.

Meanwhile a civil service worker who posted slurs about Liverpool football fans on Hillsborough Wikipedia pages has been sacked.

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Tue 17 Jun 2014, 17:14 BST
Issue No. 2408
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