Allegations West Midlands Police involved in the cover up by emergency services following Hillsborough disaster

iverpool fans trying to escape severe overcrowding during the FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough.
Liverpool fans trying to escape overcrowding during FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool & Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough. Photo: PA

96 football fans died in a crush when Liverpool played Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup in Sheffield in 1989.

West Midlands Police were asked to investigate the actions of officers from South Yorkshire Police following the tragedy and their investigation is now being called into question.

According to the Hillsborough report West Midlands Police knew South Yorkshire Police officers had altered statements.

And in some cases it's claimed West Midlands Police Officers put pressure on people to change their statements.

Deborah Martin, a young special constable on duty at Hillsborough at the time says she tried to help 15-year old Kevin Williams who died in her arms way after the 3:15pm cut off, where everyone was supposed to have died. She claims she was forced to sign another statement by a West Midlands Police officer.

West Midlands police says it supports the independent panel's disclosure of information and will respond positively to any action arising from the findings.