Hillsborough survivor tells of ‘hell’ at stadium crush

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The son of the oldest fan killed in the Hillsborough disaster told the inquest he and his father battled desperately for their lives after witnessing ‘hell before our eyes’.

Gerard Baron recalled trying to reassure war veteran Gerard Baron senior, aged 67, as they were caught in the 1989 crush which killed 96 Liverpool supporters.

Mr Baron travelled to Warrington from South Australia to give evidence at the new inquests into the tragedy.

He said: “What transpired that day changed my life forever. Neither of us envisaged witnessing hell before our eyes, nor did we expect to be fighting so desperately for our lives, as were so many others.”

Sara Williams, whose late mother Anne helped lead the campaign for the original inquest verdicts to be quashed, read a tribute to her brother Kevin, aged 15.