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Hillsborough inquest to hear about victim from Cannock

David Birtle from Cannock died in the stadium disaster in 1989. Credit: ITV News Central

The inquest into the Hillsborough disaster is due to hear evidence about the death of David Birtle from Cannock,

Ninety six football fans died in a crush at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989. It was the worst stadium disaster in English sports history.

The inquest into the deaths of the Liverpool fans is taking place in a purpose built court in Warrington, and began in March 2014, after the results of the original inquests were quashed in December 2012.

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Police describe attempts to revive Hillsborough victim

Credit: Hillsborough Inquest

A jury's heard how police tried to revive a teenage victim of the Hillsborough disaster in the hope of getting a response.

Jill Brooke, a PC in 1989, tried to help a colleague giving artificial respiration to Colin Wafer on the pitch but somebody announced he was dead.

We are not medical people so we have to keep working as long as we can in the hope that we are going to get some response.

– Jill Brooke

Mrs Brooke said the 19 year old bank clerk did not appear to show any signs of life during her time with him.

The inquest into his death heard that Colin had gone to the match alone on a coach from Liverpool. His body was identified by his brother in the early hours of the following morning.

Stoke-on-Trent Hillsborough victim: Getting match tickets was the best day of his life

Paul Murray Credit: PA

When his tickets for the Liverpool and Nottingham Forest match arrived in the post, Paul Murray from Stoke-on-Trent jumped in the air and shouted, "This is the best day of my life" - his mother Edna told the Hillsborough Inquest today.

The tickets were a 14th birthday present and they arrived three days before his death in the disaster in 1989.

Paul was a church choirboy and supported Liverpool because his grandfather came from the city.

His former schools have named their football competitions after him.

His mother Edna Murray said, "Paul often said I want to be famous and in a strange way his wish was granted in a small part of Stoke-on-Trent."


Football fans gather ready for Hillsborough silence

Football fans have gathered in Nottingham's Market Square for a one-minute silence in tribute to the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

The city will come to a standstill at 3.07pm to mark the time the match was stopped 25 years ago today.

Forest and Liverpool fans gather in Market Square Credit: ITV News Central

Some of those gathered had even been in the crowds at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989.

Forest fan Arch has an original match programme from the fateful game Credit: ITV News Central
The match programme Credit: ITV News Central

25th anniversary of Hillsborough tragedy

A minute's silence will be held in Nottingham's Old Market Square at 3:07pm to remember those killed in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago.

96 people died during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989.

Liverpool scarves cover 96 seats in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

A book of condolence has been opened at Forest's City Ground.

At the weekend all senior football matches in England kicked-off seven minutes late to mark the anniversary.

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