GUARDIAN – Senior police chief admits Hillsborough report flattered police efforts

Terry Wain, who produced the South Yorkshire Police’s report on the football disaster in 1989, tells inquest that he may have got certain details wrongA senior South Yorkshire police officer who produced the force’s report on how 96 people died at Hillsborough in 1989 has admitted the report was wrong and favoured the police in some details, but denied a “deliberate plan” to blame alleged misbehaviour by Liverpool football club supporters for causing the disaster. Terry Wain, a chief superintendent in April 1989 , accepted under questioning at the new inquests into the disaster that the report’s conclusion included a defence of senior South Yorkshire officers’ actions, not just a “summation of the facts”. He said he could not explain why it omitted criticisms of the police’s own response to the disaster made by some officers, or why it painted only a positive picture of the relief effort. Continue reading…