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Hillsborough mum describes hugging her daughters' bodies

A mother who lost two daughters in the Hillsborough tragedy said that she "hugged" the bodies of her teenage daughters when she saw them lying dead side-by-side, an inquest has heard.

Sarah Hicks, 19, and her younger sister Victoria, 15, had been standing in the central pens behind the goal on the Leppings Lane terrace and died after being separated from their father, Trevor. Their mother Jenni was at the match but was sitting at a different part of the ground.

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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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