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Hillsborough inquests hear fans' evidence that crush victim showed signs of life

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2473

Fresh inquests are continuing into the deaths of fans who died as a result of the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster.

Some 96 Liverpool fans died after a crush at the Sheffield stadium on 15 April 1989.

The jury heard evidence relating to Andrew Mark Brookes on Friday of last week. Ambulance officer Leslie Worrall and police officer Christopher Plumridge gave him CPR.

Worrall told the court that Andrew wasn’t breathing and did not have a pulse. He said he appreciated the point that it would have been hard to detect faint signs of life in the circumstances.

Fan Brian Johnston said he thought he saw Andrew’s eyelids flicker as he was being treated. Others disputed this.

Fan Graeme Fairchild also helped Andrew. His evidence was read to the inquests.

Graeme said, “I never believed that Andrew was dead because he did not look dead whatsoever. He didn’t have open eyes or the blue/purple colour that I had seen on a lot of other people that day.”

The court heard evidence relating to 17 year old victim Graham Wright on Wednesday of last week. Police officers Philip House and Peter Roch were pictured standing by Graham, who was lying on an advertising hoarding with a jacket covering his face.

The officers did not recall anyone treating or assessing Graham, or doing any checks for signs of life themselves.

Roch said, “He was covered, so the assumption was that he’d been treated.”

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