Hillsborough disaster: Independent Panel key points - what the report says

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THE Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report had made the following key points:

FAILURE OF THE AUTHORITIES

* Crowd safety ‘compromised at every level’.

* Hillsborough Stadium failed to meet minimum standards, and had ‘well known’ deficiencies.

* Inadequate turnstiles, and crush barriers that failed to meet safety standards.

* Ground capacity significantly over-calculated.

* Lessons not learned from a crush at same match the year before.

* Shortcomings in ambulance and emergency services’ response.

* Major incident plan not fully implemented.

* Rescue attempts held back by failures of leadership and co-ordination.

* Delay from the emergency services when people were being crushed and killed.

ATTEMPT TO BLAME THE FANS

* Families right to believe there was a cover-up by the authorities.

* South Yorkshire Police made strenuous efforts to deflect blame onto Liverpool fans

* Police issued briefings to media which tried to change record of events.

* Newspapers reported false allegations that fans were drunk, violent and stole from the dead.

* The source of the false allegations was a Sheffield news agency which - as a result of police efforts ‘to develop and publicise a version of events that focused on drunkenness, ticketlessness and violence’ - reported conversations with police and Irvine Patnick, then Sheffield Hallam MP.

* Police reports altered.

* 164 statements significantly amended - 116 removed negative comments about policing.

* Police carried out computer checks on the dead in a bid to besmirch their names.

ORIGINAL CORONER’S INQUEST

* Coroner took advice of pathologists that victims suffered traumatic asphyxia leading to unconsciousness within seconds, and death within a few minutes.

* But 28 of the dead did not have obstruction of blood circulation, and 31 had evidence of heart and lungs continuing to function after the crush.

* Coroner should not have imposed a cut-off time of 3.15pm at the original inquest - evidence shows a number of the dead survived beyond that point.

* Coroner took alcohol levels from the blood of all the deceased, including children, with ‘no rationale’.

* Attorney General to decide whether the High Court should quash original inquest and seek new one.

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