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Mother who lost her son in Hillsborough disaster speaks on 27th anniversary

Margaret Aspinall, whose son James died at Hillsborough, has been speaking to Granada Reports on the 27th anniversary of the disaster.

His father, Jim, was also at the game but in another part of the ground. He has never been to a football match since.

As chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Margaret has had to get used to the cameras, but until now her husband has never spoken publicly about it. They spoke to Lucy Meacock.


Hillsborough jury 'could be sent out this week'

Sir John Goldring Credit: PA

The Coroner in the Hillsborough inquests has told a jury that he hopes to send them out this week.

The hearing, in Birchwood Park, Warrington, has now entered its third year. Sir John Goldring began his summing up of the evidence in January. He told the jury of seven women and three men today:

"I hope that either tomorrow or on Wednesday you will be able to retire to consider your decisions. I just give that indication."

– Sir John Goldring


Hillsborough inquest told to resolve "significant conflict in evidence" about the behaviour of Liverpool fans outside the ground

Sir John Goldring Credit: ITV

The jury in the Hillsborough inquests have been asked to resolve a "significant conflict in evidence" about the behaviour of Liverpool fans outside the ground.

Continuing his summing up, Coroner Sir John Goldring said:

"A number of police officers, not all, who were in the Leppings Lane area give evidence which was critical of the behaviour of the supporters there.

"By contrast, many of the supporters gave evidence to very different effect: that they and their fellow fans behaved normally and sensibly and that their behaviour was no different from that which you would expect at any big football match, but the fans did not contribute to the dangerous situation in any significant way.

"You will have to resolve that conflict."

– Coroner Sir John Goldring

Lawyers acting on behalf of the bereaved families have suggested video footage from the day of the disaster shows no significant misbehaviour by the fans.

The Coroner said the footage may not show everything that happened. He added:

"You will no doubt want to consider the reliability of the evidence from all of those who described events in front of the turnstiles, including police officers, fans and others. Is the evidence reliable? Is it exaggerated? Do you accept it? Do you reject it? These are all matters for you."

– Coroner Sir John Goldring

Coroner in Hillsborough Inquest tells jurors to inspect Sheffield Wednesday's ground layout

Some of the pens at the Leppings Lane end at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 Credit: Hillsborough Inquests

The coroner in the Hillsborough inquests has told the jury they must decide whether Sheffield Wednesday FC changed the layout of the Leppings Lane end to prevent overcrowding or to segregate fans.

Sir John Goldring is summarising evidence about how pens were divided in 1985 - four years before the disaster.

The court has heard that the club adopted a scheme to keep 23 turnstiles over proposals to increase the number to 34.

The Coroner said:

"Importantly, the schemes [adopted] did not have the sort of dedicated entrances for particular pens that would have allowed the numbers entering each pen to be monitored at the turnstiles.

"Whether it was a scheme to prevent overcrowding as opposed to segregation is a matter for you to consider."

– Coroner, Sir John Goldring

The jury heard that when it was previously suggested that cost was the reason for the change, Dick Chester, the club secretary at the time, told the court that the board was:

"Intent on safety and segregation."

– Dick Chester
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