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Hillsborough inquests hear of safety fears

Issue No. 2409

inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans at Sheffield’s Hillsborough football stadium have heard evidence of safety concerns about the ground.

The fans died after a crush at the stadium in April 1989.

David Moore, a former environmental health officer at Sheffield city council, gave evidence last week.

He said the engineer in charge of the ground, Wilfred Eastwood, became “irate” when safety concerns were raised about a development at the Spion Kop stand in 1986.

He said Eastwood threatened to sue the council if it successfully objected.

The club was later granted a licence to use the new Spion Kop. Moore said a “political decision” had been made not to raise safety concerns.

Jurors also heard that building work necessary to meet safety requirements missed its deadline by 18 months.

The inquests continue.

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Tue 24 Jun 2014, 17:34 BST
Issue No. 2409
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