Police ‘turned backs’ on Hillsborough fan

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The sister of one of the 96 football fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster said her brother was brought up to respect the police but ‘when he needed their help, they literally turned their backs on him’.

Louise Brookes was speaking as she paid tribute to her brother Andrew, aged 26, at the new inquests into the Liverpool FC fans crushed to death at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.

She said: “Andrew was brought up to respect the police and my parents always told us that if ever we were in trouble, they were always there to help us. When my brother most needed their help, they literally turned their backs on him.”

She said she had buried her father 10 days before the new inquests began last week.

She said: “It makes me so angry both my parents have both gone to their graves without knowing how or why their son died. Now it’s up to me alone to fight for my brother.”

There were emotional scenes as more family tributes were read to the Warrington jury.

They included portraits of Alan McGlone, Joseph Clark, Paul Brady, Stuart Thompson, Andrew Sefton, David Birtle and brothers Carl and Nicholas Hewitt.