Former Hillsborough officer faces formal questioning over stadium disaster

Bournemouth Echo: Former Hillsborough officer faces formal questioning over stadium disaster Former Hillsborough officer faces formal questioning over stadium disaster

A FORMER senior police officer now living in Dorset faces formal questioning over the Hillsborough Stadium disaster.

David Duckenfield was matchday commander when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in April 1989.

His decision to open a gate at the Sheffield stadium was cited as the ‘immediate cause of the disaster’ in an official report into the tragedy by Lord Justice Taylor. He had originally claimed that fans barged through the gate.

Now he is due to be formally questioned in the New Year by former Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart, who is in charge of the latest investigation into the tragedy, Operation Resolve.

Mr Duckenfield was a Chief Superintendent when fans were crushed to death at the FA Cup semi-final. He retired before disciplinary proceedings against him were completed.

The latest inquiry will see Mr Duckenfield formally questioned for the first time in more than 20 years. The inquiry is also looking at the potential culpability of the Football Association, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and the city’s council.

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9:52am Mon 23 Dec 13

skydriver says...

You can run but you can't hide......for too long..
You can run but you can't hide......for too long.. skydriver

10:07am Mon 23 Dec 13

In Absentia says...

This is long overdue, he should never have been conveniently allowed to retire before the original disciplinary proceedings were completed.
This is long overdue, he should never have been conveniently allowed to retire before the original disciplinary proceedings were completed. In Absentia

1:23pm Mon 23 Dec 13

60plus says...

Should take his big pension off him,my cousin lost her son age 16years,but finally getting justice .
Should take his big pension off him,my cousin lost her son age 16years,but finally getting justice . 60plus

3:23pm Mon 23 Dec 13

simcal says...

To many are allowed to retire to avoid prosecution or disciplinary action. Big fat pension and no remorse.
To many are allowed to retire to avoid prosecution or disciplinary action. Big fat pension and no remorse. simcal

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