Hillsborough: Five to appear at Preston Crown Court over disaster which killed 96 Liverpool fans

Five to appear at Preston Crown Court to face charges relating to Hillsborough

They are due to appear at Preston Crown Court

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Five men are to appear in court for the first time later today to face charges following an investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.

Sir Norman Bettison, the former West Yorkshire and Merseyside chief constable, will appear at Preston Crown Court alongside retired police officers Donald Denton and Alan Foster. 

The former club secretary of Sheffield Wednesday, Graham Mackrell, and a solicitor who acted for South Yorkshire Police after the incident in 1989, Peter Metcalf, will also appear.

The five appeared at Warrington Magistrates Court last month, and while no pleas were entered, all five indicated they would be pleading not guilty to the charges against them on their crown court appearance.

Bettison faces four charges of misconduct in a public office, while Mackrell is charged with two offences involving health and safety and the stadium’s safety certificate.

Metcalf, Foster, and Denton are all facing charges of committing acts intended to pervert the course of justice in relation to alleged amendments to police officer statements.

Ninety-six football fans of Liverpool Football Club died in a crush at the Hillsborough stadium as the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest started.