Live updates


Wife tells Hillborough Inquests her husband looked alive but in pain on the terrace.

Brian Matthews Credit: Hillsborough Inquests

The wife of a man who died in the Hillsborough disaster has told a jury how he looked alive but in pain on the terrace.

Margaret Matthews identified husband Brian, 38, from Knowsley, on a photograph of the crowded pen at 3.02pm on the day of the 1989 disaster.

She said: "He looks as though he’s suffering some kind of pain. If he’s being squashed, you would be. You would panic, wouldn't you?"

The inquests heard attempts had been made to revive Brian after he was passed unconscious from the pen, but he was later certified dead.

Mrs Matthews recalled travelling to Sheffield herself at midnight after borrowing a car with a phone.

She said: "Brian was to have come home that evening. My mum and my friend were supposed to ring the car and tell us we were OK and we could turn back."

Hillsborough Inquests hears how man slapped his friend to try to revive him

Anthony Kelly

The Hillsborough inquests have heard how a man tried to slap his friend's face to bring him around in the crush at the Sheffield Wednesday ground.

Michael Sullivan travelled by coach from Ellesmere Port with 29-year-old former soldier Anthony Kelly.

The court heard the pair went into pen 3 together and were pushed towards the front of the terrace as pressure built up.

In a statement from the time, Mr Sullivan said:

He looked as if he had collapsed and passed out... I could only move my fingers but I tried to slap Anthony’s face to try to bring him around.

By this time we were right down by the front fence and I remember that someone got hold of me by my coat and dragged me up and over the front fence.

– Michael Sullivan

Barrister Martin Huseyin said Anthony's family wished to thank all those who tried to help Anthony on the day.

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.

Load more updates