Police officer claims relatives of Hillsborough disaster victims were not asked about alcohol consumption

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A senior police officer in charge of the temporary mortuary set up at Hillsborough football stadium on the day of the disaster in 1989 told inquest jurors he did not tell officers to quiz families about whether victims had drunk alcohol.

Terence Addis, who was a Detective Chief Superintendent at the time, said he took charge of the mortuary gym because it was ‘a bit disorganised’ when he arrived.

Before that, Detective Inspector John Charles had been in charge.

“I had a word with him and I said ‘Look, I think we ought to arrange this slightly differently’,” he said.

He said there were a number of bodies there already and more were being brought in.

“There were people coming in just for the reason of seeing what was going on. Fans were coming in through the same door,” he added.

He said he instructed Mr Charles to lay the bodies out in rows, with space between.

“I got on a chair in this gymnasium and I got all the police officers around and I told them exactly what I wanted them to do, and that was to ensure that each person had been certified dead, to search the bodies, put the property in a proper bag, to itemise the property, to describe the clothing of each of the deceased and to number each of the deceased,” he said.

“I asked them to include things like, did they attend the football match - the person who made the identification - if so, where were they in the stadium, could they throw any light on what had happened in the West Stand.”

Asked if he gave any instructions to officers to ask questions about alcohol consumption, Mr Addis replied ‘none whatsoever’.

The hearing into the deaths of 96 fans continues.