/Six to Be Charged in 1989 Hillsborough Stadium Disaster in England

Six to Be Charged in 1989 Hillsborough Stadium Disaster in England

Five other men will also face criminal charges: Graham Henry Mackrell, a former secretary of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, which plays at Hillsborough Stadium; Peter Metcalf, a lawyer who represented the South Yorkshire Police; and three other former high-ranking police officers: Donald Denton, Alan Foster and Norman Bettison.

Sue Hemming, the head of the prosecution service’s special crime and counterterrorism division, announced the charges after meeting with victims’ families on Wednesday morning.

“Criminal proceedings have now commenced and the defendants have a right to a fair trial,” she said. “It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

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Liverpool fans trying to escape at the match in Sheffield.

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