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Hillsborough officer admits his failure to close tunnel caused 96 deaths

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield has accepted his failure to close the tunnel was the direct cause of the death of 96 people in April 1989.

Giving evidence during the new inquest into the disaster, Mr Duckenfield said it had been the most difficult period of his life to admit his professional failing led to the deaths.

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Offers of help in run up to Hillsborough 'were not made'

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield disputed claims that he turned down offers of advice from other senior officers in the run up to the fateful FA Cup semi-final. .

Barrister for victims' families, Rajiv Menon QCasked him: "Why are you turning down offers of help from experienced officers who could have advised you in preparing and planning and could have assisted you on the day itself?"

"Those offers were not made to me," Mr Duckenfield replied.

Previously, Mr Menon put to him: "Are you going so far to say that the disaster and deaths of 96 Liverpool fans could have been avoided if a better man for the job, to use your phrase, had been in charge?"

"Sir, that's a question I cannot answer," Duckenfield replied.

ITV Granada reporter Andy Bonner is at the inquest:

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