Video: 1981 Hillsborough crush footage shown to jury

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Thirty-eight football fans were injured in a ‘crushing incident’ at Hillsborough eight years before the tragedy which killed 96 people, an inquest into their deaths has heard.

Tottenham Hotspur fans spilled on to the perimeter track at the Leppings Lane end, and others climbed fences shortly after the start of the 1981 FA Cup semi-final against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Lord Justice Goldring. PA Pictures.

Lord Justice Goldring. PA Pictures.

Yesterday, at the fresh inquests in Warrington, jurors watched a seven-minute clip of footage from the 1981 game.

The jury heard the crush arose within a few minutes of the match kicking off.

During the footage a number of Spurs fans could be seen sitting on the perimeter track in front of the Leppings Lane end - scene of the 1989 fatal crush - and some were climbing the perimeter fence, assisted by police officers.

Christina Lambert QC, counsel for the inquest, said evidence relating to the 1981 crush was shown so the jury could understand the context of stadium safety and why radial fences were introduced at the Leppings Lane end.

The hearing continues.