Police ‘made plan’ to blame Hillsborough disaster on fans

Fans try to escape the crush at Hillsborough.
Fans try to escape the crush at Hillsborough.
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A top police officer planned to blame the Hillsborough disaster on ‘drunken ticketless Liverpool fans’, a court heard.

Clive Davis, a former inspector at South Yorkshire Police, has said he attended a briefing two days after the 1989 stadium disaster organised by Chief Superintendent Terry Wain, the then-district commander for Rotherham.

Giving evidence to the new inquests, Mr Davis said Mr Wain told the meeting: “We are going to put the blame for this disaster where it belongs - on the drunken, ticketless Liverpool fans.

“We’re going to now go away and gather the evidence to show this.”

The jury heard that this included looking for beer cans on the side of the M62 motorway, speaking to residents in and around the Hillsborough ground, and visiting licensed premises and off-licences.

Mr Davis said that Mr Wain had been ‘given a job to do’ and that he would only have been given that job by the direction of the chief constable of South Yorkshire Police.

He told the inquests he was aware both Mr Wain and Chief Inspector Norman Bettison dispute his account of the briefing. Jonathan Hough, counsel to the inquests, said it had not been possible to find any record of the meeting.