GUARDIAN – Hillsborough inquest hears of police commander’s transfer before match

Police witness at inquest into 1989 disaster denies that ‘prank’ led to loss of officer with most experience of policing fansThe South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who had experience of commanding football matches at Hillsborough was transferred 19 days before the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, shortly after officers in his division played a brutal “prank” on a probationary constable involving a gun.The inquest into how 96 Liverpool supporters died at that 1989 match was told that in Ch Supt Brian Mole’s F division, four police officers had to resign and seven were disciplined after the prank, which happened in October 1988, came to light. Continue reading…