Police officer told ‘You’re wasting your time’ as he tried to save Hillsborough victim

David Birtle
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A police officer who tried in vain to save a victim of the Hillsborough disaster was told by a colleague ‘You’re wasting your time’

An inquest heard how David Birtle, aged 22, from Cannock in Staffordshire, was thought to be treated by police constable Steven Thompson in the middle of pen three at around 3.20pm .

Mr Thompson said he did not remember if he took a pulse and was approached by a fellow officer.

He said: “If I can recall right, he said something along the lines of ‘you’re wasting your time’.”

He said he then closed David’s eyes and left him to help others.

Police officer Kevin Hanson said he and his colleague Andrew Brookes later found David lying on the pitch.

Mr Hanson said he began mouth-to-mouth while Mr Brookes carried out chest compressions and added David vomited.

The court heard the officers were then approached by an off-duty nurse who was at the match and took over chest compressions but told them David had died.

The inquests continue.