Police chiefs deny Hillsborough alcohol slurs

MP for Leigh Andy Burnham.  Photo.  Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
MP for Leigh Andy Burnham. Photo. Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
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Police chiefs have denied allegations they are repeating ‘slurs’ that alcohol played a part in the Hillsborough disaster.

It was suggested by Labour frontbencher Andy Burnham that senior officers will argue that drunkenness contributed significantly to the tragedy when new inquests open.

A police spokesman said: “South Yorkshire Police is not suggesting or implying that there is a link between the blood alcohol levels of the deceased and the cause of the disaster.

“At the recent pre-inquest review, the legal team representing the former match commanders confirmed they would raise the issue of alcohol consumption, this point was also echoed by the legal team representing former members of the Police Federation.

“South Yorkshire Police made no such representations whatsoever and it is misleading for anyone to imply it is the position of the force.”