Hills­bor­ough cop: ‘I wasn’t man for job’

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THE most se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer on the day of the Hills­bor­ough disas­ter has told the in­quests that he was “not the best man for the job”.

For­mer Ch Supt David Duck­en­field, the match com­man­der, con­ceded his hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence of the plan­ning and polic­ing of foot­ball matches was lim­ited.

And he agreed it was a “se­ri­ous mis­take” not to seek the as­sis­tance of his pre­de­ces­sor af­ter be­ing ap­pointed to the job with just 15 days to fa­mil­iarise him­self with the role be­fore the match, he said.

Mr Duck­en­field ( above), 70, gave ev­i­dence from the wit­ness box, with around 200 rel­a­tives of the 96 who died at the match April 15, 1989, lis­ten­ing in si­lence in seats be­hind him in the court­room in War­ring­ton.

He gave the or­der to open gates, al­low­ing 2,000 fans mass­ing out­side the turn­stiles into the ground in the min­utes be­fore the fa­tal crush.

Mr Duck­en­field told the in­quest: “Prob­a­bly I was not the best man for the job on the day.” OWLS can’t move

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