Hillsborough disaster 'would've been swept under the carpet if it weren't for campaigners' tenacity', says reporter

Hillsborough disaster 'would've been swept under the carpet if it weren't for tenacity of campaigners', says reporter

The campaign for justice has continued for many years

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Hillsborough disaster "would've been swept under the carpet" had campaigners not been tenacious in their fight for justice, a reporter who was present on the day has said.

Six people have been charged with offences relating to the Hillsborough disaster, which took place in 1989 and killed 96 people.

talkSPORT Merseyside correspondent Graham Beecroft told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "The fact six people are going to be charged with these offences will be a big bonus to the people who have always said right from the word go…that the fans were not guilty."

He believes it "must have been a real double blow [for the victims' loved ones]. Not only was a son or daughter killed but also they were deemed to be responsible in the immediate aftermath of what happened."

Beecroft says it's the "tenacity" of the victims' families "which has led to all of this".

"If they weren’t as determined to see justice done, then none of this would have happened. All would've been swept under the carpet...and none of this would've come to the fore as it has."

Listen to the full interview above