Revealed: South Yorkshire Police Hillsborough statements were altered and deleted
For the first time ever, we can reveal how reams of officers’ accounts were deleted in the weeks following the disaster and how huge swathes of first-hand police statements were removed by South Yorkshire Police.
Today, families of the 96 Liverpool supporters who were killed said the dossier showed South Yorkshire Police trying to divert blame on to others.
Initial statements, before being erased, consistently detail:
- A chronic lack of communication between officers.
- Nobody tending to the injured.
- Useless radios and incoherent transmissions.
- Non-existent stewarding.
- Lack of use of the public address system.
- The lack of police officers on duty, 10%fewer than the previous semi-final involving Liverpool at Hillsborough.
- Senior officers concerned about a growing “complacent” attitude towards policing at Hillsborough in years leading up to 1989.
- Officers stationed in the wrong sections of the ground and its surrounding area.
- The lack of faith officers had in the recently-installed Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield compared with his predecessor Chief Superintendent Brian Mole.
There's three (!) pages of mistakes and altered/wiped statements at The Liverpool Echo
I know there have been many posts related to this subject, but this angered me so much I had to post it. What's in this post is only the beginning of the article but it gives you a good idea...