David Duckenfield speaks for first time since Hillsborough inquests

The police officer in charge of crowd safety on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has spoken publicly for the first time since the end of the inquests.

David Duckenfield, 71, refused to comment on the inquests' unlawful killing conclusion when approached by the BBC at San Francisco airport.

"At the present time due to the ongoing criminal inquiry, I'm afraid I'm unable to comment and I hope you will excuse me," the former South Yorkshire Chief Superintendent said.

A jury concluded last month that the 96 victims of the tragedy were "unlawfully killed" - absolving fans of any blame.

St Georges Hall is illuminated red following a vigil. Credit: Reuters

It also said it was satisfied Mr Duckenfield was "responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence" due to a breach of his duty of care.

Operation Resolve, the criminal inquiry into the disaster, is still ongoing.

Asked whether he had anything to say to the families of the victims, Mr Duckenfield replied: "When I was at the coroner's court in Warrington I gave a message and I have nothing more to say."

Asked again, he said: "I am saying nothing at all."