Nothing will ever bring their loved ones back, or diminish the disgraceful way so many in authority have acted since the tragedy, but six people are now to be prosecuted over the Hillsborough tragedy.

Over 28 years after the tragedy in 1989, the CPS have announced on Wednesday morning that the six people below will be held to account.

Sadly many others will go unpunished but this is a vital step in giving at least some justice for those who have suffered so much.

I remember being at Arsenal (Newcastle lost 1-0 at Highbury) as news of the disaster gradually came through, this was the days of transistor radios and no mobile phones, reports of a disturbance at first and then injuries, before then he shock of hearing some people had actually died.

Never could we have imagined just how many fellow football fans had perished when hearing those initial reports.

David Duckenfield

David Duckenfield is charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.

Sue Hemming of the CPS:

“I have found that there is sufficient evidence to charge former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, who was the Match Commander on the day of the disaster, with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 men, women and children.”

“We will allege that David Duckenfield’s failures to discharge his personal responsibility were extraordinarily bad and contributed substantially to the deaths of each of those 96 people who so tragically and unnecessarily lost their lives.

“The offence clearly sets out the basis of those allegations.

“We are unable to charge the manslaughter of Anthony Bland, the 96th casualty, as he died almost four years later.

“The law as it applied then provided that no person could be guilty of homicide where the death occurred more than a year and a day later than the date when the injuries were caused.

“In order to prosecute this matter, the CPS will need to successfully apply to remove the stay imposed by a senior judge (now retired) at the end of the 1999 private prosecution when David Duckenfield was prosecuted for two counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

“We will be applying to a High Court Judge to lift the stay and order that the case can proceed on a voluntary bill of indictment.”

Norman Bettison

Former Chief Constable Norman Bettison is charged with four offences of misconduct in public office relating to telling alleged lies about his involvement in the aftermath of Hillsborough and the culpability of fans.

CPS:

“Given his role as a senior police officer, we will ask the jury to find that this was misconduct of such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder.”

Peter Metcalf

Peter Metcalf, who was the solicitor acting for the South Yorkshire Police during the Taylor Inquiry and the first inquests, is charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice relating to material changes made to witness statements.

Mr Metcalf, an experienced solicitor, was instructed by Municipal Mutual Insurance to represent the interests of the force at the Taylor Inquiry and in any civil litigation that might result from the Hillsborough Disaster.

He reviewed the accounts provided by the officers and made suggestions for alterations, deletions and amendments which we allege were directly relevant to the Salmon letter issued by the Taylor Inquiry and for which there appears to be no justification.

Graham Mackrell

Graham Henry Mackrell, who was Sheffield Wednesday Football Club’s company secretary and safety officer at the time, is charged with two offences of contravening a term of condition of a safety certificate contrary to the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 and one offence of failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of other persons who may have been affected by his acts or omissions at work under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. These offences relate to alleged failures to carry out his duties as required.

Donald Denton & Alan Foster

Former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton and former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster are also charged.

CPS statement reads:

“It is alleged that Donald Denton oversaw the process of amending the statements and in doing so, he did acts that had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice and we will say that Alan Foster was central to the process of changing the statements and took action to do so.”



  • Leazes Ender

    This is the one I want to see……

    Kelvin Calder MacKenzie (born 22 October 1946) is an English media executive and former newspaper editor. He is best known for being editor of The Sun between 1981 and 1994

    Perverting the course of Justice

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      he`s a Scumbag

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Totally agree. It’s impossible to know how many people believed the official version of the truth printed at the time, but there was a general attitude prevalent at the time that Liverpool supporters were responsible. I believe a lot of that was down to the Sun, just as they had turned people against the miners during the 1984 strike.

      • Jezza

        Yes I’ll never forget those vile, despicable, completely made up allegations about “drunken thugs urinating on hero cops” and “scouse thieves picking the pockets of the dead and dying”.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        The disaster was a culmination of a lot of attitudes. Stadiums built to stop hooligans, not for safety. Police were to stop trouble not safety and some fans were not exactly angels, some of ours were vile tbph. You also have to remember Liverpool fans had been involved in the killing of 39 people’s in Heysel just 4 years before (no sign of justice for the 39).

        I’m not excusing the cover up, just putting in some perspective of why people were willing to assume it was the fans at fault. I came out of Arsenal that day, we heard the news on a radio and the first reaction was ‘Liverpool fans again’

        • Jezza

          I’ll never forget standing in the Clock End listening with growing horror on my hand held tranny to the unfolding events at Hillsborough. One thing that stands out was that the initial reports stated that play had been abandoned due to a “pitch invasion” and to be fair at that point I was probably thinking something along the lines of ‘Liverpool fans again’ too. As soon as I learned the truth, by around half time, I felt nothing but sympathy for the innocent football supporters caught up in such a horrific incident.

          People were willing believe the lies told at the time because football supporters had a reputation that we didn’t deserve. We had a Tory government who having defeated the miners and unions decided that football supporters were the next enemy within and actively set about portraying us all as monsters. The right wing media were only too willing to perpetuate that stereotype and the words “fan” and “hooligan” became interchangeable. It’s no surprise then that the non football going public were taken in by the evil lies and cover up that followed the disaster. The fact we’re still waiting for justice almost 30 years later is a national disgrace.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The first i heard was outside Highbury after the game. The full horror was not really apparent at that point. A guy with a radio had quite a crowd around him and people were asking for scores (NUFC had just been beaten by champions elect Arsenal) and someone asked about the semi-final, the information was still flaky but abandoned due to crowd problems was the gist, we didn’t find out the extent until we got home. People said ‘Liverpool fans again’ but the guy with the radio said no, it sounded like there was over-crowding etc. Ironically, I’d got into Highbury around 2.45 for free as the turnstyle had reached it’s capacity and police (no doubt wanting to avoid a boisterous load if United fans milling about) decided to allow everyone to jump the turnstyle.

            A big difference for us was Highbury did not have fences at the front and we all had to get over the turnstyle rather than pour through a large open gate meaning there was no surge at the back or fence at the front. Also, IIRC there wasn’t any pens as such so the overcrowding was even across the 1/2 terrace allocated to NUFC.

            As for a Tory government deciding that football supporters were the next enemy within and actively setting about portraying us all as monsters, that’s rubbish. The report didn’t uncover government level involvement, the immediate aftermath was all-seater stadiums, funding to build safer stadia and there was a huge appetite to find blood on Thatcher’s hands, the inquiry found nothing of the sort.

          • Jezza

            Well my recollection is different. Throughout the second half there were constant updates of a rising death toll. By the time I got on the 6 o’clock train at Kings Cross it stood at 74. It wasn’t that busy in our allocated section of the Clock End that day either. There was certainly no over crowding.

            I have to question if you really went to football matches in the 1980’s if you don’t think the Tory government set out to demonise football supporters at every opportunity. Do you not remember, for example, Moynihan and his pet ID card scheme? As for the original inquiry that exonerated the government, police and anybody else in authority, we all know that was nothing but a whitewash. Next you’ll be saying that “The Truth” as reported on the front page of The Scum in the aftermath of the disaster was just that.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The ground was full, we got their at 2.30ish, Queues stopped moving when i was about 10 fans from the turnstyle. Police came to the front to find out what the hold-up was as impatience led to a bit of pushing. The turnstile guys told the copper that he’d reached his limit and a walkie talkie conversation decided we were to climb over. It was full in the ground but not uncomfortable as I said, Highbury did not have pens or fences. Do you not remember the NUFC fans in the home end ‘norf bank, do the job’ sang out from the Arsenal fans next to us as scuffles broke out and they were escorted to our end?

            Yes, I remember the ID scheme mooted after Heysel. Luton had a scheme like that but didn’t stop problems. Don’t pretend football fans were angels, we had our fair share and plenty other clubs were worse.

            The general public were fed up with an element of football fans, TBPH, the majority of football fans were fed up with the behaviour of a notorious few.

            I wasn’t near a radio at the match and when I heard the news after the game, not many Mags had any idea of what went on at Hillsborough.

            The enquiry I refer to is the most recent. One of the panel is a big Newcastle fan who goes to every game. It was a police cover up but it did not go as far as government.

          • Jezza

            I’ve got very vivid memories of that day and have got no recollection of it being particularly crowded in the Clock End. Yes it was a good turn out of Newcastle fans but certainly not packed in like sardines by any stretch.

            I went to football matches all over England and Scotland throughout the 1980’s and I saw very little in the way of hooliganism. A few away grounds could be quite intimidating, Leeds, Middlesborough, Bristol City and Plymouth for example but generally if you didn’t go looking for trouble at football matches you weren’t going to get caught up in it. Football hooliganism was far less endemic than the government and right wing media made it out to be. The worst hooligans I encountered at matches back in those days were always the police.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Look, I hope this is not going to be an argument over who was there. I didn’t go and still don’t go to many games a year but back then, Arsenal was one of the 10 or so a year I’d go to. I’ve agreed, our end was not over-crowded because of the lack of fences and pens. If you got in before me, then you would have not seen the turnstile on the right close with the left hand side one closing within a minute. We entered in the corner, the weather was nice, the Arsenal fans were to our right, Paul effin Sweeney was our only threat and we were thrashed (if that can be so) 1-0.

            I’ve never been involved in hooliganism but I’m amazed you haven’t seen it. I’ve seen our lot ambush folk in Waterloo, 7 sisters, upton park as well as stuff going on at home. The day football became gentrified may have been a little sad but FFS, at least we’re not worried about the windows of our coach, the train or am ambush of a pub.

          • Jezza

            I never suggested you weren’t there just that your memory might be playing tricks if you thought the Newcastle end was rammed that day. The closest we came to scoring was a wrongly disallowed goal by Kenny Sansom in the second half. We did deserve to lose that day but for most of the game I wasn’t really focusing on what was happening on the pitch in front of me. Football suddenly didn’t seem so important to me on that Spring afternoon in North London.

            For years in the 1980’s I never missed a Newcastle match home or away and also went to loads of other matches when we weren’t playing. I swear to God I saw very little hooliganism in all that time, just a few isolated incidents that were few and far between. As I said the worst hooligans I encountered at matches in those days were the police.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’m not saying it was rammed, I said it was comfortable. However, the turnstiles closed around 14.45-14:50 and the police made a decision that was made quite often in those days. I’ve looked at teh crowd at NUFC and thought that we had 30,000+ in and the corwd was announced at 23,998. We’ve had nasty experiences, Tottenham away in the cup, Southampton away midweek where it took an age for them to open an extra pen.

            There was bother at matches, I too went to non-nufc games, there was hooliganism. We are not blameless, fences were erected after our FA cup game v Forest. Those lads on that day are responsible for the deaths at Hillsborough.

    • Wor Lass

      Perverting the course of humanity. He was/is an R sole of the lowest order.

    • joe mac

      love to see that scumbag get his just deserts!…odious creep still keeps popping up on the telly now and again for a tidy fee…the old school tv network will look after him!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    charging is one thing, getting a conviction is another

    • Wor Lass

      Unless Mr Loophole finds some technicality to derail it all it must be a foregone conclusion.

      • Jezza

        Let’s hope so. I hope Duckinfield rots in jail.

  • joe mac

    good that the men at the top are being taken to task!….but how may coppers who were there knew that their statements had been altered, then sat back for the rest of their careers..took the queens shilling and kept quiet!…..hang your heads in shame!

    • Leazes Ender

      Yes I was thinking that too.

    • Wor Lass

      It`s a fair point but don`t forget this was nearly 30 years ago. Whistle-blowers weren`t common in those days and they didn`t have the power of social media to back them up. The police were absolute masters of dirty tricks and bullying was the order of the day. It took a very brave man to stand up to the machine.

      • Jezza

        Yes the same police dirty tricks and bullying were prevalent during the miners strike too.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          What about the bullying and intimidation amongst the miners? Scargill’s lot extended the strike and guaranteed the industry was destroyed.

          • Jezza

            Scargill was trying to save the industry. The Tory government was determined to destroy the mining industry as vengeance for the miners bringing down Heath in 74. Talk about bullying and intimidation, the role of the police is to enforce the law but during the strike the Tory government used the police to enforce party political policy, not for the first or the last time either.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            No, Scargill wanted self-promotion and the miners were just pawns in his own political ambition.

            The mines should never have been a state run monopoly for anything more than a few years after the war. Coal became a political football when it should have been an industry with competing firms. Industry should not be a party political issue and Harold Macmillan should have been brave enough to sell off the family jewels when the jewels had some value.

          • Jezza

            I saw my home town destroyed by Tory pit closures in the 1980’s. I’m sure things would have turned out a lot better if Scargill had prevailed. I just wish the other unions had had the guts to come out in support of the miners and created a general strike that could have brought down T******r the way the miners brought down Heath a decade previously.

            Your suggestion of privatising the mines back in the 60’s would have every bit as disastrous for the working class people of the North East as the pit closures of the 80’s were.

            Having grown up in a North East pit village I have to say I don’t really know much about family jewels to be truthful.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Had the pits been privatised in the 50’s or 60’s, then the decline would have been slow. The closures would have gradual and responded to market demand. Pits could have been mothballed as it would have been much easier for the workforce to relocate / find other industry. Nationalisation (needed in the immediate post war period) meant that mining became a political football and the industry was propped up when parts should have closed.

            Unions are generally just an excuse for the lazy

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            The coal industry was nationalised in the first place to prevent the exploitation that was rampant before.

            Still, that’s something you wouldn’t bother your monetary little head about.

            My father despised the pit owners. He used to say that the only respect they showed to their workers, pre-nationalisation, was closing the pit for the day when someone was killed.

            Scargill was a great leader, let down by the spinelessness of the TUC and, especially, the collusion of the Notts scabs with the government.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            No, the coal industry was nationalised because there was a war on and they couldn’t keep a business running in wartime & post war.

            Scargill is an awful, awful man. he’s raped the miners of their livelihood for his own gain and Maggie stood up to him to take the UK forward.

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            Wrong. The coal industry wasn’t nationalised until 1947. I believe that was after the war.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Yes, it was nationalised because of the war, the war left the pit owners in the clarts and as coal supply was important at the time, it was nationalised. Once reparations had been completed, then it should have been privatised again.

            I don’t know what the Falklands war has to do with coal but one thing you need to know about war, people die and it’s a dirty job.

            It wasn’t and should never have been a fight between unions and government. It should have simply been a demand and supply balance, if an industry is designed to give it’s employees a job instead of it;s customer a good product and service, it’s not an industry at all.

            Scargill could have ended the strike with the industry intact and even some of the less successful pits would have stayed open. Instead, he was on his own personal crusade of self-importance and insisted on the ridiculous ideal that all pits should remain open even if there is no customer, little product and making losses. Why would you do that?

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            You were opposing the supposed virtues of Thatcher versus those of Scargill. That is why I responded in the way I did. She started the war and is largely responsible for the terrible sufferings that resulted. Arthur merely defend the rights of the working-class people who elected him.

            War is indeed a dirty job. It is even dirtier when you’re the one who provokes it when a peaceful settlement is in sight.

            How the hell could have Scargill ended the strike, other by simply caving in? Britain’s pits were as efficient as any in Europe, but faced with an inimical government, determined to crush the unions, at any cost, there was only going to be one result.

            You Tories would simply not understand the bit about not giving in, of course. David Cameron springs to mind after he lost the Brexit vote.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Scargill is a snake, no doubt about it.

            Scargill could have compromised a few months in but refused, one out all out, not one pit should close. It was ridiculous, the coal board’s biggest customer was being split into autonomous businesses and were finding gas a cheaper and cleaner fuel. The electricity companies could import coal cheaper than they could source locally, the super pits could compete, the older and smaller pits could not.

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            “A snake, no doubt about it”? Where the hell do you find the evidence to support such a bizarre claim?

            I notice you don’t even attempt to support the war atrocities of your role model, Thatcher.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Scargill declared his rejection of the June 1983 General Election result in a speech just a month after the Thatcher landslide over Foot’s hapless Labour party. The man who had played a part in bringing down the previous Conservative government through the use of mass picketing and union strong-arm tactics effectively declared war on the Government and was going to use the miners to to further his own political ambitions.

            It may not be your cup of tea but I always try to get all sides in an argument, it’s worth reading Macgregor’s The Enemies within as well as Paul Routledge’s book on Scargill. These fit in with books from the other side like Marching to the fault line. I’m not about to excuse the police for the likes of Orgreave and the miners were played by both sides, whipped into a frenzy by the activists and police reaction was over the top. Nevertheless, the architect was Scargill.

            As you drive along the M1 and pass Shirebrook as a phoenix from the ashes of the industry, you head north and there are towns that have not been so lucky. However, just past Barnsley is a house that stands out, a house that belongs to someone who had been involved in the mining industry as long as those in the smaller homes, he was someone who wasn’t particularly productive, folk in the smaller houses produced far more coal yet he lived in the biggest house around.

            He used people.

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            It doesn’t matter what the size of your house is; it’s what you stand for that counts.

            If the working classes of this country had followed Arthur’s lead, then places like your ‘phoenix’ Shirebrook would not exist.

            Read books by Tory puppets? No thanks. I’ve got better things to do with my time.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            In which case, you will remain ignorant. If you read both sides of the argument and came to a conclusion that Scargill was a saint, i’d have a bit more respect for your position.

            If Scargill got his fame and fortune by using and to the detriment of his members, I think that matters.

            I’d have hoped the country had left the need for classification, working or otherwise, behind. In fairness, the unions tried the Scargill approach in the 70’s, the country was left bankrupt, the industries the union members were supposed to work in were destroyed by competition with better workers.

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            For “better workers”, everyone, that is Tory-speak for cheaper, more compliant labour. Your occupational nirvana of Shirebrook springs to mind.

            Not a saint, just a great leader, and not a mass-murderer.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Compliant? errr yes, you go to work and do the best job for your employers. In that way, your employer can compete and the workers’ jobs are more secure and the diligence is usually rewarded with promotion.

            Go the Scargill way, you destroy your employer’s markets, the customers go elsewhere and when you finally go back to work, you haven’t got any customers and no customers means no job.

            Remind me, how is British Leyland, Briitish Steel and the NCB doing after all that industrial action?

            I’ve not done any murders , mass or otherwise.

            Scargill was a leech on his membership.

          • Hughie_Gallacher

            You, my friend, epitomise the height and depth of Tory ignorance.

  • Wor Lass

    If the police had put their hands up at the time, admitted that mistakes were made and busted a gut to support the families, find out what went wrong and change their procedures then this could have all been laid to rest with the poor fans who paid the price for their incompetence. It`s the conspiracy to cover up and the absolutely despicable attempt to blame the fans and sweep everything else under the carpet that`s so sickening and unacceptable here.

    • Jezza

      Spot on and nothing has changed 30 years on. The same kind of conspiracy and cover up is in motion after the Grenfell fire.

      • joe mac

        they will probably try it…but i think people are a bit more savy now…and a lot less believing of people in authority after scandal after scandal over the years.

      • Lhc

        A lot of green fell tower survivors were (illegal) immigrants, then they get re housed in luxury apartments and ex service men are homeless in some cases, tbh am sick of hearing about grenfell tbh, tragic ‘but just part & parcel of living in London tower blocks’ would sadiq Khan say that?!

        • Jezza

          Well let’s just hope you never have to experience anything as unimaginably horrific as the Grenfell fire. Being temporarily re-housed in nice accommodation is the very least the survivors deserve after what they have been put through as a result of the greed and criminal negligence of the authorities.

          Not forgetting that many of the survivors lost family members and close friends in the fire. Apart from that they all lost everything they owned. Just imagine that if you can. Take a look round your house at all your treasured possessions, all the memories built up over the years, all the expensive equipment and appliances that you worked so hard to pay for and think how you’d feel if the whole lot was burned to a cinder through no fault of your own.

          I also fail to see why the survivors are any less deserving of fair treatment on the grounds that they may have originally come from other countries.

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Finally for some, justice. After the years of debacle & deceit. Remember the Human Rights Act allowed opportunity to investigate further & oppose those who wanted to suppress it. #JFT96 #YNWA