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Hillsborough: When The Police And Media Colluded To Damn Liverpool’s 96 Innocent Victims

THE Hillsborough Disaster continues to make news.Theresa May, the Home Secretary, says she will do her utmost to make it so that official documents relating to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans in 1989 are published.

Sir Oliver Popplewell says the Hillborough families should move on. But how can you move on when justice has not been done? Popplewell chaired a public inquiry into deaths of 56 people in a fire at Bradford City’s Valley Parade stadium in May 1985. He writes a letter to the Times:

In the aftermath of other large tragedies, those affected have behaved with quiet dignity and great courage

Sir, Many years ago I had the responsibility of conducting a public inquiry into the fire at Bradford City FC. I was also concerned with the riot at Heysel Stadium, Belgium, caused by Liverpool football fans. Both these events were no less tragic than the events at Hillsborough (“Hillsborough families say papers must be released”, Oct 18).

The citizens of Bradford behaved with quiet dignity and great courage. They did not harbour conspiracy theories. They did not seek endless further inquiries. They buried their dead, comforted the bereaved and succoured the injured. They organised a sensible compensation scheme and moved on.

Is there, perhaps, a lesson there for the Hillsborough campaigners?

Sir Oliver Popplewell
London WC2

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Posted: 19th, October 2011 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment