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Hillsborough jury arrives in Sheffield

A police officer stands in front of members of the press outside the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield as jurors on the inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster visited the stadium today.  Photo Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

A police officer stands in front of members of the press outside the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield as jurors on the inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster visited the stadium today. Photo Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

 

Jurors sitting in the inquest into the deaths of 96 football fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster have arrived in Sheffield to visit the stadium where the tragedy occurred.

The jury of 11 left the regular courtroom in Warrington and travelled to Sheffield by coach this morning.

The coaches were accompanied by police outriders from Cheshire Police and paused first at the White Horse Inn.

They were also shown the former station at Wadsley Bridge and told by the coroner Liverpool fans had arrived there in 1989 and were accompanied by police to the ground.

The court party disembarked at Leppings Lane and walked down towards the stadium.

Jurors, lawyers and members of the media were given a bundle of photographs to refer to as they walked around and the coroner Lord Justice Goldring is giving them a running commentary.

He told the jury the layout of the ground had changed since 1989.

Former features of the stadium have been marked out with cones.

As well as visiting the ground, jurors will be taken to other places relevant to the inquests as set out by the coroner.

They are expected to be in Sheffield most of the day.

Britain’s worst sporting disaster unfolded at Sheffield’s Hillsborough stadium on April 15 1989 during Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed in the ground’s Leppings Lane terrace.

The fresh inquest into the disaster was ordered when a panel of three High Court judges, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, quashed the accidental death verdicts.

 
 
 

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