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