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Watch: Hillsborough inquests review – Police Federation secretary accused of ‘peddling lie’ ; Gate C ‘may been opened to let fan out’


Mr Middup was asked about comments he gave to the press after the disaster in which he described a “mob” of fans who were “tanked up”.

Minutes of a police federation meeting held four days after the disaster recorded Mr Middup saying Chief Constable Peter Wright had told him the “truth” could not come from him but Mr Middup had been given a free hand.

The minutes also recorded Mr Wright admitting he wished he could make some of the comments Mr Middup had made.

Watch: Inquests shown press conference given by Chief Constable Peter Wright on evening of disaster

But Mr Middup denied being a “mouthpiece” for the chief constable and said there was no collusion between them.

The court was shown minutes of a meeting with Mr Middup, a number of South Yorkshire officers and Michael Shersby, the MP who was parliamentary consultant for the Police Federation.

The meeting was held to discuss officers’ concerns about the interim Taylor report into the disaster and Mr Shersby was recorded as saying he would try and remedy the concerns of officers.

Mr Middup denied using Mr Shersby to try and put forward a hostile picture of Liverpool fans.

The court also heard more evidence about the exit gate C – which was opened to let crowds of fans in from Leppings Lane.

Hillsborough InquestsCongestion at the Leppings Lane turnstiles before the opening of Gate C
Congestion at the Leppings Lane turnstiles before the opening of Gate C

The witnesses included Ian Marsh, a steward thought to be involved in opening the gate, and fan Kenneth Rawlinson, who was one of the first fans through the gate.

Both said the gate was opened on police instruction, although there was somesuggestion from the barrister for South Yorkshire Police that Mr Marsh had opened the gate to let a fan out.

The Hillsborough inquests are now having a week’s break and proceedings will resume on Monday, February 23.


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