Inquests into the deaths of 96 victims of Hillsborough disaster

All the latest from the inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster that are taking place at a purpose-built Coroner's Court in Warrington.

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Hillsborough Inquiry releases photos of two potential witnesses

CCTV image of witness Credit: Operation Resolve - Hillsborough Investigation

Pictures of two people have been released as part of a witness appeal in the on-going Hillsborough inquests in Warrington.

96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in the disaster in 1989.

CCTV image of witness Credit: Operation Resolve - Hillsborough Investigation
CCTV image of witness Credit: Operation Resolve - Hillsborough Investigation
CCTV image of witness Credit: Operation Resolve - Hillsborough Investigation

Hillsborough survivor whose brother and his girlfriend died in the tragedy

A survivor of the Hillsborough disaster, whose brother and his girlfriend died in the tragedy, told a court how they had no choice but to go through an exit gate because of the crush outside the ground.

Stephanie Conning then lost sight of Rick Jones and Tracey Cox inside the pen.

She said the pressure inside became so intense she just wanted to find her big brother so he could help her.

Our Hillsborough correspondent Andy Bonner reports:


Hillsborough victim wanted to move out of pen

The husband of a Preston woman who died in the Hillsborough disaster has told her inquest how they tried to move away from the increasing pressure.

Stephen Jones said his wife, Christine, was by his side right up until the "fateful surge" just after kick-off.

Christine Anne Jones Credit: Hillsborough Inquests

Mr Jones said the 27 year old radiographer had been alarmed at the pressure and the pair thought of moving into neighbouring pens.

"But by that time there was such a queue at the end towards the tunnel that movement was impossible so we had to return to where we were," he added.

Mr Jones described the gradual build-up of pressure as like "someone tightening a steel band or a vice."

Anxious to find his wife after the crush, the witness said he asked a police officer where casualties had been taken to but was told "They don't want the likes of you there do they?"

The court heard that Mr Jones later found Christine lying near the goal with a jacket over her face.

Fan entered Hillsborough pens to look for friends

A Liverpool fan who died in the Hillsborough disaster probably went into the pens to look for his friends, a court has heard.

Peter McDonnell Credit: Hillsborough Inquests

But the inquest into the death of Peter McDonnell heard there was no evidence to show when or how the 21 year old left the west stand and entered the terraces.

Albert Atkin said Peter, who had a standing ticket, initially walked up to the stand after going to the wrong turnstile.

He added: "I think he came back looking for us."

The court heard the 1989 FA Cup semi-final was Peter's first away match.

Hillsborough Inquests hear how man cradled his brother in his arms

Patrick Thompson

A jury's heard how the brother of a victim of the Hillsborough disaster held onto him as he lay amongst casualties in the pens.

Father-of-five Pat Thompson, 35, went into pen 3 at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final with brothers Kevin and Joseph.

In a statement from the time, Kevin said "I saw Pat go blue and struggle with his hands but I couldn't do anything as I couldn't breathe myself."

Members of his family left the court room as the jury was shown footage of Kevin later finding his brother amongst the casualties and cradling him in his arms.

Kevin and Joseph went into the gym which was being used as a temporary mortuary.

Kevin added: "I just wanted to hold on to Pat because there was nothing I could do."

Man tells Hillsborough Inquests how he tried to revive his friend

Gary Collins

The friend of a Liverpool fan who died in the Hillsborough disaster has told a court of his attempts to revive him.

Henry Clarke had travelled to the Sheffield Wednesday ground in 1989 with Gary Collins, 22.

Mr Clarke recalled getting separated from Gary by the crowds inside the pen and later finding him lying on the pitch.

He said "I started pounding on his chest. I didn't know what to do to be honest."

The inquest heard a number of other attempts were made to try to revive Mr Collins but witnesses said they saw no response to the resuscitation.


Court hears Hillsborough victim ignored friend's advice

A court's heard how a teenage victim of the Hillsborough disaster ignored a friend's advice to stay in front of a crush barrier.

Stuart Thompson Credit: Hillsborough Inquests

The Hillsborough inquests heard how Stuart Thompson, an apprentice joiner, travelled to Sheffield with friends and his brother from their home in Formby.

Anthony Grier said he and Stuart climbed onto a barrier to sing songs but they fell off.

Mr Grier said: "The common practice was you [then] get the barrier behind you and you don't get the surge of the crowd when everyone tries to lean forward to see the pitch."

Stuart's brother Martin, who swapped his standing ticket for the seating area before the game, identified his body just after midnight that night.

Hillsborough victim seen moving after match stopped

A jury's heard how a victim of the Hillsborough disaster was seen moving after the match was stopped.

David William Birtle Credit: Hillsborough Inquests

Investigators have identified 22 year old David Birtle from Cannock in Staffordshire at the front of pen 3 in video footage from 1989.

"The officers of Operation Resolve have picked out David right in front of the perimeter fence and moving" at nearly 3.08pm, said Christina Lambert QC.

A police officer told Mr Birtle's inquest that he later tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate a casualty thought to be David but was told by another officer that he was wasting his time.

The court heard that Mr Birtle's father James died on Saturday before he had the opportunity to hear today's evidence about his son.

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