The father of a teenager who died at Hillsborough has told a court he was asked "intrusive questions" about alcohol after identifying his 18-year old son's body. Told to prepare himself for the worst, Barry Devonside said he searched for Christopher in hospitals and a mortuary after being told that he was not at Sheffield Wednesday's ground. He was later told to return to the gym, where he said a police sergeant pulled him back from kissing his son's body.
You don't go to a football match and not come home with your son. It's not reality. But this was, today, reality.
He said that within minutes of identifying Christopher, two officers asked him whether they had had a meal or consumed alcohol on the way to the ground.
I kept giving them the same answer: "What's that got to do with identification?
A former Chief Constable of Merseyside has denied trying to paint an adverse picture of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough.
Sir James Sharples had described seeing supporters drinking before the FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield.
Meanwhile, the inquests have heard from a former South Yorkshire officer who says he was intimidated into changing his statement about the disaster.
Andy Bonner reports:
The Hillsborough inquests have heard that the relationship between the bosses of South Yorkshire's police and ambulance services broke down in the days after the disaster.
Don Page, Chief Ambulance Officer in 1989, told the court he requested a meeting with Chief Constable Peter Wright because of concerns he had with press stories about casualties.
"There was a suggestion in the media that they were full of alcohol and they smelled highly of alcohol. My people were saying that there was a very, very few people in the fatality stage that had strong smells of alcohol on them."
He said Mr Wright told him: "That's our position. That's our stance and that's what we'll have to stand by."
Mr Page agreed that the ambulance service was not prepared to "sing from the same hymn sheet" as the police and said that was the end of the bosses' personal and professional relationship.
A police officer says he saved the life of a youngman who appeared to have been left for dead at Hillsborough.
Richard Brougham recalled a youth pointing at a pile of bodies near the gymnasium saying: "Look at him. I don't know if he’s dead. I don't think he is."
The inquests heard the constable pulled the casualty away and performed the kiss of life on him with another officer.
The witness said he then felt a pulse and helped carry the casualty to an ambulance.
Mr Brougham agreed that nobody else appeared to have been checking the bodies or trying to revive them.
A police officer has claimed that officers were met with "a wall of anger and abuse" as rescue attempts took place during the Hillsborough disaster.
A Liverpool supporter has described fans fighting for their lives as they tried to escape a pen at Hillsborough.
Anthony Barnbrock told the inquests how he crawled towards a gate, getting pushed against a post.
Mr Barnbrock said investigating officers from West Midlands Police later asked his 13 year old brother whether he had been drinking alcohol on the day of the disaster.
Meanwhile, another fan described moving from pen three because it reminded him of a prison.
In a statement to solicitors acting on behalf of some of the bereaved families, David Moreland said "I believe that if there had not been the side fences then the tragedy would not have happened."
Mr Barnbrock described the pressure build up in pen 4 "All of a sudden it just seemed to rush in. It was virtually unbearable" #Hillsborough
The Hillsborough Inquests have heard that lives could have been saved if those helping the injured had been organised sooner.
The jury heard that Liverpool fan Dr Niall Wilson, then a medical student, made the claim in his 1989 witness statement after giving basic life support to casualties.
It read: "If people could have been organised quicker to assist the injured its possible that so many people wouldn't have died. There appeared to be a total breakdown in communication between the emergency services."
Meanwhile, David Lockwood, a divisional officer for South Yorkshire County Fire Service at the time, agreed there seemed to be a lack of communication.
Mr Lockwood, who was at one point the most senior fire officer at Hillsborough, said police "virtually ignored" him when he tried to get more information from their control box.
But the witness said he understood why they acted like they did, saying they would have found the traumatic scene "very difficult to deal with".
Coroner Sir John Goldring: "I am sure you share my feelings that it is very sad that I have had to do so. We, of course, must carry on."