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  1. Andy Bonner - Hillsborough Correspondent

Policing showed 'lack of organisation', inquests hear

A court has been hearing accounts of Liverpool fans who survived the Hillsborough disaster.

The inquests into the deaths of 96 men, women and children heard evidence that policing showed a "lack of organisation" and that the situation at the turnstiles was "chaotic".

Witness Raymond Evans, an off-duty Merseyside Police constable on the day, also described one officer trying to stop him coming over a pen fence as another pulled him clear.

Supporter Terence Mills described struggling to breathe and being unable to move his arms in pen 4 before helping to carry casualties across the ground on stretchers.

The coroner, Sir John Goldring, reiterated the thanks of the bereaved families for his efforts and for those of trained first-aider Michael Bradley who tried to resuscitate people in the pen and on the pitch.

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Police chief 'didn't feel like making notes' on the night of the Hillsborough disaster

Walter Jackson arriving at the inquests in Warrington. Credit: ITV News.

A former assistant chief constable has told the Hillsborough inquests that he "didn't feel like" making notes on the day of the disaster about what had happened.

Walter Jackson, 77, said he tried not to show that he was shocked when he arrived back at his office in police headquarters that night.

He said: "I cried about the situation that 95 people were killed and I didn't feel like sitting down and writing something about it at that time anyway.

"I should have done and I accept that."

The court was shown a note from police solicitors from ten days after the disaster which said that Mr Jackson and three other senior officers were not to give any statements until they received legal advice.

Mr Jackson said he didn't agree not to make statements until much later and denied he was involved in "any clandestine issue".

Rescuer tells Hillsborough inquests 'nobody was taking control'

Tributes to the Hillsborough victims at Anfield. Credit: Press Association.

A rescuer has told the Hillsborough inquests that he had to "play God" with casualties on the pitch.

Andrew Lawson, an off-duty non-clinical ambulance driver who was working in a restaurant at Hillsborough on the day of the disaster, explained how he tried to resuscitate a fan with no pulse who wasn't breathing but had to give up.

I'm reluctant to say it, but it was like you'd got to choose to play God and that’s not very pleasant.

"There were people all around you that needed assistance and what do you do?

"You're supposed to never give up on anybody."

– Andrew Lawson, Hillsborough witness.

The court heard that Mr Lawson left his job at South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service after he was told he should not have got involved and should have stayed away.

He said he had told his station officer that nobody was taking control at the ground and he thought that the organisation "got it completely wrong."

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