The Hillsborough inquests heard that the former police inspector Harry White was "extremely unhappy" at the time he was medically retired and had attempted to sue South Yorkshire Police for negligence.
Rajiv Menon QC, representing ten bereaved families, said: "You and other officers were alleging that the South Yorkshire Police had been negligent in failing to prevent overcrowding in the central pens, is that right?"
He replied: "That is correct."Mr Menon continued: "And that that negligence caused the disaster and the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans; is that fair?"
"I think that was the conclusion," he responded.He agreed that he was concerned that there had been a number of failings, including:
- Fans being left to find their own level
- A failure to delay the match kick-off
- Superior officers failing to institute any system for regulating the passage of fans into pens after exit gate C was opened
- No order being given to close the tunnel into the central pens
- A preoccupation to prevent a pitch invasion resulted in insufficient consideration being given to the safety of fans entering pens
- Senior officers not considering the danger of overcrowding pens- Lack of leadership to monitor the filling of pens
- Lack of leadership to monitor the filling of pens
- A failure for those in the control box to observe or recognise overcrowding and crushing and taking steps to alleviate the pressure of the weight of people entering those pens.
Mr Menon asked: "Of all those failings… the most catastrophic of all was the failure to order you or any other inspector or officer in the inner concourse to close the tunnel.
That was the most catastrophic error of all, wasn't it?"
He replied: "I would think so."
Mr White agreed that it would have been straight forward to close the tunnel, had he been given an order from the police control box to do so.
The Muslim Council of Britain has called for the immediate release of the Salford taxi driver Alan Henning without harm.
Alan Henning travelled to Syria in an aid convoy organised by British Muslims to help innocent civilians.
Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said:
The murder of a woman by her estranged husband in Southport could have been prevented according to the police watchdog.
Becky McPhee was stabbed 21 times by Paul Holmes two years ago.
The independent Police Complaints Commssion found that officers from the Merseyside force had previously logged 17 incidents involving the couple.
Merseyside police said the force fully accepted the Independent Police Complaints Commission's recommendations following the murder of Becky McPhee and says many of them had already been implemented.
The police force says they have held a number of training events since Ms McPhee's death and more than 1,200 staff had been briefed.
The force responds to more than 34,000 calls a year about domestic violence, or 2,800 a month.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Pilling said:
A man who tried to kill his partner with a bread knife has today been jailed for eight years.
Stuart Coope, 37 attacked his boyfriend after he lured him to his home in Moston on 29th March 2014.
When his partner entered the kitchen, Coope lunged for a knife block and grabbed a large, serrated bread knife.
Coope stabbed his partner repeatedly but he managed to get out of the house and a passer-by intervened and called the Police.
Detective Constable Louise Edwards said:
Two former Coronation Street actors are taking part in a play that aims to breathe new life into Oldham town centre.
Steven Arnold and Jonny Dixon are starring in a production called 'Thick as Thieves' starting on the 23rd September, but the location is not where you would expect.
Caroline Whitmore reports.