Af­ter 28 years, six charged in Hills­bor­ough

The Guardian Weekly - - Uk news - David Conn

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.

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