Police went on break

Hillsborough football stadium disaster

Hillsborough football stadium disaster

Police motorcyclists monitoring traffic outside Hillsborough in 1989 were called away from the ground for a refreshment break shortly after the kick-off of the fateful FA Cup semi-final, the inquest into the tragedy heard.

Malcolm Hodgson, then a police constable with South Yorkshire Police, recorded that at 3.02pm he finished escorting coaches to the match and sent a message to force control asking to do the next.

He told Stephen Simblet, representing some of the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died, he was told to go on the planned break for traffic officers.


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