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Cop in Hillsborough control room changed his statement

Issue No. 2415

The Hillsborough inquest heard on Friday of last week that an police officer’s statement was amended.

Harold Guest was a PC working in the Sheffield Wednesday football club’s control room on the day of the disaster.

He gave a statement in which he described seeing crowds of between 3,000 to 5,000 at the stadium’s Leppings Lane turnstiles after 2.40pm.

He wrote, “It was obvious that looking at the crowd from the outside trying to get in that there would not be sufficient room for all to be accommodated.”

But in a later statement, that was amended after legal advice from South Yorkshire Police’s solicitors, that line had been removed.

The jury at the inquests have been adjourned for a three-week summer break from Friday of last week.

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