Hillsborough disaster police told ‘get lawyers’ before making statements, court hears

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Four senior police officers at the Hillsborough disaster were told not to give statements until they had sought legal advice, the inquest into the deaths of 96 football fans heard.

The court in Warrington was shown a note about a solicitor’s call relating to match commanders David Duckenfield and Roger Marshall, ground commander Bernard Murray and ACC Walter Jackson.

The call was made between solicitor Peter Metcalf and Chief Superintendent Terry Wain of South Yorkshire Police.

The note said: “With regard to the four officers Duckenfield, Marshall, Murray and Jackson, in any event, none of them are to give any statements whatsoever until they have received legal advice.

“I said this was perfectly acceptable and it appears they all wish to be seen together.”

“We agreed they would all see Mr Metcalf together and then be given an opportunity to spend a short time with him afterwards alone if they so wished, having heard what was said.”

Mr Jackson told the inquest he didn’t think he did go to the solicitor with the officers.

He said: “I can’t remember doing that and certainly I wouldn’t have needed any advice.”