Dad found ‘lifeless’ by officers after Hillsborough crush

Eric Hankin, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
Eric Hankin, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
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A father-of-two among the victims of the Hillsborough appeared ‘lifeless’ when he was pulled from crushing on the terraces, a police officer has said.

Eric Hankin, 33, was among the 96 Liverpool supporters who died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

At the new inquests into the disaster, Richard Liversidge, a current South Yorkshire Police detective inspector who was a PC at the time of the game, described his attempts to pull casualties off the terraces.

He said in his notebook from the time that he had seen Eric and ‘noticed straight away he was lifeless’.

Mr Liversidge told the inquests: “He was limp. I could see he wasn’t breathing.

“That was my first impression and then that was reinforced when we were able to remove Eric from the pile of people and get him into some sort of space and perform a closer examination, and any signs of life I would have expected to see were unfortunately not there.”

He attempted to revive him with resuscitation with the help of fellow police officer Stephen Perry but saw no change in condition and returned to the terraces to try and help others.

The court also heard from Eric’s friend Stephen Brown.

Mr Brown said their group of friends had got to the ground around 15 minutes before kick-off but were separated in the crush after getting on the terraces shortly before kick-off.