Five to appear in court to face charges relating to Hillsborough

Five to appear in court to face charges relating to Hillsborough

96 people died in a crush at the stadium in April 1989

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Five men are due to appear in court later on Wednesday for charges relating to the Hillsborough disaster.

The five - Sir Norman Bettison, the former West Yorkshire and Merseyside chief constable, retired police officers Alan Foster and Donald Denton, solicitor Peter Metcalf, and former Sheffield Wednesday secretary Graham Mackrell - will appear at Warrington Crown Court.

Bettison is accused of four charges of misconduct in public office over alleged lies in accounts of his involvement in the disaster. 

Mackrell faces charges relating to the stadium’s safety certificate, as well as an alleged health and safety offence.

Metcalf, Denton and Foster are all accused of intenting to pervert the course of justice by alleged amendment of police officers' statements after the disaster.

Ninety six fans of Liverpool Football Club were crushed to death in the stadium’s Leppings Lane end at the start of the club's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

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