After 28 years, six charged in Hillsborough
Six people, including two former senior police officers, have been charged with criminal offences over the 96 deaths in the Hillsborough disaster and the alleged police cover-up that followed.
David Duckenfield, the South Yorkshire officer who was in command of policing at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989, has been charged with the manslaughter of 95 people.
A manslaughter charge cannot be brought in the case of Tony Bland, who was placed on life support, because his death came more than a year and a day after he was injured.
Sir Norman Bettison, the former chief constable of Merseyside and West Yorkshire police, who was an inspector in the South Yorkshire force, has been charged with four counts of misconduct in a public office.
Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday chief executive and safety officer for the Hillsborough stadium, has also been charged with breaching the ground’s safety certificate and failing to take reasonable care under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Donald Denton and Alan Foster, who were members of South Yorkshire police, and Peter Metcalf, who was the force’s solicitor, have been charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice, related to statements made by South Yorkshire police officers on duty at Hillsborough that were subsequently changed.