GUARDIAN – Hillsborough officer: alcohol scent could have been smell of death

Alan Ramsden also tells new inquest into 1989 disaster that his statement on events was changed without his knowledgeA former South Yorkshire police officer who was on duty at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 has said a reference he made in his statement to a “smell of alcohol” in the pens where 96 Liverpool supporters died was wrong in hindsight and could have been “the smell of death”.Alan Ramsden, who served in the force from 1974 until 2002, told the new inquest into the disaster that other officers had not encouraged him to make reference to alcohol. “It was just an assumption by me at the time,” he said. Continue reading…