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More Liverpool fans lives could have been saved at Hillsborough

Liverpool fans have long questioned the statement that supporters could not have survived beyond 15:15 on that day as an off-duty police officer has always maintained he tried to treat a dying boy after the time at which the coroner said no-one could have survived.

Ninety-six football fans died after they were crushed to death on 15 April 1989 during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium.

The inquest at the time resulted in verdicts of accidental death but, in December last year, the High Court quashed those verdicts and ordered fresh inquests to take place early next year.

A decision applauded by the families who have campaigned for justice and tonight some 24 years on, the BBC programme Panorama has been able to analyse from CCTV and other footage what really happened on that day.

This decision meant the response of the emergency services was never properly investigated as a fleet of ambulances was parked outside the football ground, but crews and emergency equipment were not sent inside.

The evidence given to the coroner, by a West Midlands police officer, mentioned only two ambulances going onto the pitch.

But the footage analysed by Panorama shows that a third ambulance turned up after 15:30, about the time that the off-duty officer was trying to treat the boy.

This sad event needs clarity and the true facts need to be available to reach a conclusion for the families and friends for the 96 Liverpool fans to get justice.


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