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Hillsborough inquest told cop turned away

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2458

Hillsborough memorial

Hillsborough memorial (Pic: Flickr: Nick )


The father of two teenage victims of the Hillsborough football disaster told an inquest that police ignored his pleas for help. Sarah and Vicki Hicks died after a crush in pens 3 and 4 at the Sheffield stadium in 1989, aged 19 and 15.

Their father Trevor was next to pen 3. He told the inquests that he had “an excellent view” of the pens and that “you could see that there were people in extreme distress”.

He told the court that he shouted to police to do something but this “wasn’t going anywhere”.

Footage showed the sisters approaching the ground at 1.52pm. They went into pen 3.

Alan Brookes was also in pen 3. He said at one point the sisters disappeared and he felt he might have been standing on bodies. “There was nothing you could do,” he said.

Fan Paul Hand told the court he saw two girls who were “very distressed”.

In his 1989 statement Paul said, “We shouted at the police officer on the track around the pitch. He was standing right in front of us and looking at us.

Shouting 

“People were shouting at him to get the girls out, but he didn’t do anything. He just walked away.”

Fan Brian Doyle told the inquests that he tried to help Sarah out of the pen. He said he thought that Vicki had vomited on her sister, and her eyes were half open. He said Sarah was conscious. He said, “She shouted, ‘Can someone help my sister?’ and then she was just crying, sobbing.”

Former police officer Peter McGuinness gave evidence helped Trevor put Vicki in an ambulance. He said, “I have a strong sense that we were optimistic of the best outcome for Vicki. I did feel positive.”

The court heard that McGuinness told TV programme Inside Out in 2013 that, “We felt there was a pulse. We felt there was hope.” McGuinness told the court he couldn’t remember.

He said a medical team worked on Vicki at the hospital for three to five minutes before telling him she was dead.

Trevor said he didn’t know if he saw any signs of life from his daughters. He said, “I have to say what Peter McGuinness said yesterday – as far as I was concerned, they hadn’t gone.”

He added that he was “fairly positive” that he felt Vicki had a faint pulse in the ambulance. He confirmed that, while he was with the girls, no one treated them as though they were dead.

Some 96 Liverpool fans died as a result of the crush. The inquests into their deaths continue.


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