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Hillsborough dad: Memories 'always come back and invade'

A father who lost his two daughters on the pitch at Hillsborough has spoken to the media after giving moving testimony at the inquests into the disaster.

After trying to resuscitate them both, Trevor Hicks was forced to leave his eldest daughter, Sarah, as he took his youngest, Vicki, to the only ambulance. By the time he picked up Sarah, there was no room.

Today he told jurors of his efforts to save his daughters, after which he told reporters outside: "Sometimes when you wake up on a morning or when you're trying to get to sleep at night, it always comes back and invades."

ITV News North of England Correspondent Damon Green reports.

Hillsborough father tried to revive daughter on way to hospital

ITV News North of England correspondent Damon Green reports

Hillsborough survivor Trevor Hicks has described how he believed his daughter was still alive as she was taken to hospital.

Trevor Hicks travelled to the hospital in the ambulance with his daughter Credit: PA

Giving evidence to the Hillsborough Inquest, Mr Hicks described the journey in the back of the crowded ambulance, as he and others tried to revive his young daughter.

`I was constantly trying not to stand on the person on the floor,' he said. 'Keeping on my feet was bad enough.'

Asked if Vicki was conscious or unconscious at that stage, he replied: "I have to say unconscious - but we were all of the opinion that she had a chance. I'm fairly certain that [the ambulanceman] Tony Edwards felt a pulse."

He told how Vicki was admitted to hospital, and a few minutes later pronounced dead.

"Once I realised there was nothing I could do for Vicki, my attention turned to Sarah, who in my understanding should have been in hospital by then."

At that stage, he told the court, he believed that Vicki was one of only eleven people who had died.

Trevor Hicks tells inquest of 'chaos' at Hillsborough

ITV News North of England correspondent Damon Green reports

Mr Hicks told of his decision to place his younger daughter in an ambulance and travel with her to hospital, leaving Sarah behind.

"It was chaos basically, everyone was looking after their casualty or casualties," he told the court.

"Everyone was calling for ambulances. When that ambulance arrived, we though it was the first of a fleet.

The overcrowded pens at Hillsborough's Leppings Lane End Credit: PA

"We picked Vicki up and carried her to the ambulance in our arms. Without thinking about it we put her in the wrong way round, feet first."

Mr Hicks said he went to fetch his other daughter, but discovered the ambulance was already full of two or more other casualties. He told the jury the decision he then had to make.

"I knew there was a medic with Sarah at the time," he said. "There were more people in the ambulance than one ambulanceman could carry; so I was better of sticking with Vicki, and another ambulance would be along in a minute."

The jury was shown video footage of that ambulance driving across the pitch, through a cordon of police officers, and away to Northern General Hospital.

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Bettison 'regrets' remarks about Liverpool fans

Sir Norman Bettison had 'regret' over remarks he made about fans at Hillsborough Credit: PA

Sir Norman Bettison told a jury today of 'regret' over remarks he made about the Liverpool fans' behaviour at Hillsborough.

But his statement appeared to fall short of an apology, and implied that his remarks reflected his "honestly held beliefs".

Bettison's statement was released following the Hillsborough Independent Panel findings in September 2012.

In that statement the former South Yorkshire Chief Inspector said "..that fans' behaviour... made the job of the police in the crush outside the Leppings Lane turnstile more difficult than it needed to be."

He told the jury today that he "didn't need to mention the fans at all."

It was hurried, ill thought out and wrong at that time... It was a summary of my honestly held beliefs, it had been my mantra for 23 years... but there's a time and a place

I regret putting out that statement... in the terms that I did, at the time that I did.

– Sir Norman Bettison

But while clarifying that he did not believe Liverpool fans caused the disaster, he did not withdraw the specific allegation that fans impeded the police on duty.

Bettison will resume giving evidence on Tuesday next week.

Hillsborough meeting held with MP ahead of debate

Bettison said South Yorkshire Police at the time was a Credit: PA

Former Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison told the inquest of a meeting held about Hillsborough ahead of a forthcoming debate in Parliament about the disaster.

Bettison denied the meeting, held on October 3, 1989 with senior officers and Tory MP Michael Shersby, was to "furnish the MP with material in advancement of a particular position" before the debate.

He said South Yorkshire Police at the time was a "force on its knees" and the South Yorkshire Police Federation had invited the Chief Constable to "address the troops".

But he agreed that officers had a "sense of grievance" with an interim report from Lord Justice Taylor, which was critical of police.

He said that a number of officers told of their experiences on the day and made "derogatory" comments about fans.

Sir Norman said: "It felt like catharsis. It seemed to me it was a question of allowing people to get something off their chest, to allow them to move on."

A month later Sir Norman was invited to give a presentation to MPs at Parliament, including Mr Shersby, Irvine Patnick, former Tory MP for Sheffield Hallam, Liberal Democrat Sir Menzies Campbell and Labour's Keith Vaz.

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