By Peter Marshall
The Panorama Special, “Hillsborough: How They Buried The Truth” shows how, over years, individuals who attempted to reveal the truth about the disaster – doctors, ambulance staff, police officers, the survivors and the bereaved – found themselves undermined, ignored, discredited or disbelieved. It uses never before broadcast footage to show how, on the day, things went wrong from the start and continued going wrong for far longer than has ever been admitted.
I tackle two former chief constables and the former Home Secretary Jack Straw, about the cover up and their failure to get to the truth.
Ninety six Liverpool supporters died at the FA cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989. Last month new inquests were ordered after the original verdicts of accidental death were quashed. The inquests are due to open early next year.
Hillsborough – How They Buried The Truth will be broadcast on at on BBC One at 21:00, Monday 20th May.
Peter will be speaking to Neil on this week’s Anfield Wrap on City Talk about the programme, his input and the programme’s potential new revelations.
Ask anybody who was there.How everybody just knew that there was something wrong.We’d all been to many games before.We could police ourselves.We knew when things were getting a bit out of hand and everybody would talk to each other.
You would hear shouts of “Hey Lads! Slow down!” and people would take notice.
But not there.Those police were pushing people this way and that way.
I went through the Leppings Lane gate and headed for the turnstile shown on my ticket.The Policewoman told me to go through another turnstile.I protested saying that this was the turnstile on my ticket and was told go that way otherwise I’d be removed from the ground.
The West Midlanda police?They came around a few days later.They couldn’t wait to get away.They didn’t even take notes.
But at last people will understand!