Fans in crush ‘mayhem’

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A police officer broke down as he described the ‘mayhem’ of fans trying to get into Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium as the Hillsborough disaster unfolded.

Giving evidence to the new inquests into the 1989 tragedy, Inspector Stephen Ellis said he climbed on to a police car to help direct the crowd as people tried to get into the ground in the moments before the scheduled 3pm kick-off.

Asked to describe what he saw from the vehicle, Inspector Ellis started crying and said: “Basically, it was mayhem. All I could see were heads of hair, people getting crushed at the turnstiles and down Leppings Lane as far as I could see, which was maybe 400m before the road bent out of sight.


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