G4S recruits police for probe into Hillsborough

File photo dated 15/04/1989 of Liverpool fans trying to escape severe overcrowding during the FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough. Photo:  David Giles/PA Wire
File photo dated 15/04/1989 of Liverpool fans trying to escape severe overcrowding during the FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough. Photo: David Giles/PA Wire
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A security firm is recruiting former police officers on a rate of up to £17 an hour to work on a new inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster.

G4S is working with employment agency Reed to hire retired detectives, family liaison officer and intelligence officers to work on an investigation into the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground in 1989 which resulted in the deaths of 96 fans.

The jobs are offered for up to two years and pay between £14 and £17 an hour.

Those recruited will work on a new investigation led by former Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart.

The G4S advert for former police officers and staff to work on the inquiry states ex-employees of South Yorkshire Police cannot apply.

Sheila Coleman, of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, said she is against G4S being involved in recruiting staff.

She said: “We are very unhappy and totally opposed to G4S having any involvement, no matter how minimal, in anything to do with the investigation of Hillsborough.”

But Margaret Aspinall, Chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said she and other group members had visited the inquiry team and met some of the members of staff already employed.

She said: “They are certainly looking at it thoroughly. After what the families have gone through we can never go as far as to say we trust anyone but we were happy with what we saw.”

A G4S spokesman said: “The 29,000 candidates on our books are all retired police officers or professionals, with extensive experience of working in investigations.

“They are recruited by G4S on behalf of clients but they do not report to us; and we have no say over their duties, performance or continued employment.”