An ambulance worker who attended the Hillsborough Disaster has calling for legal representation when he gives evidence.
Tony Edwards – who says he was one of the few ambulance workers allowed onto the pitch during the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s football stadium – says he must fund his own legal costs at the new inquests into the 96 Liverpool FC fans who died.
He is now urging Home Secretary Teresa May to allow him full financial backing from the state when he gives evidence.
He says police, ambulance service and Sheffield Council staff giving evidence will be represented by lawyers funded by the state – and he wants the same benefit.
Tony said: “This year, more than 25 years after the event, I will be required to give evidence at the new inquest into the deaths of the 96.
“South Yorkshire Police, seven former senior officers from the force, the Police Federation, Football Association, Sheffield Wednesday FC, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Sheffield Council, West Midlands Police and I have all been awarded Interested Person status.
“This status, among other things, allows an opportunity to have legal representation at the inquest.
“While the police, ambulance service and council will have their legal teams paid for by the taxpayer, I currently have to find every penny of my legal costs.”
Tony, from Liverpool, said he was left in an ‘isolated and vulnerable position’ on the day of the FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in April 1989.
And he says he has never fully recovered from the experience.
Tony, who has been critical of ambulance service managers in the past, said: “I should not be silenced by not being able to afford advice and support.
“I need your help and I appeal to you to prevent me from being isolated again.”
His petition at www.gopetition.com currently has more than 4,500 signatures on it.