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Hillsborough tragedy aftermath trial date set for ex-police chiefs

Written by on 08/10/2020

Two former South Yorkshire Police chiefs and a former police solicitor are set to go on trial in connection with the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Retired former Chf Supt Donald Denton, retired former Det Chf Insp Alan Foster and former South Yorkshire Police solicitor Peter Metcalf will go on trial on April 19, 2021.

The three men are each charged with ‘doing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice’ following the 1989 disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

The charges are linked to changes made to witness statements following the tragedy with took place during an FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.

Metcalf represented South Yorkshire Police during the Taylor Inquiry in 1989 and the first inquests that followed.

Former South Yorkshire Police solicitor Peter Metcalf
Former South Yorkshire Police solicitor Peter Metcalf
(Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

The new date was confirmed by Mr Justice William Davis, the judge set to oversee the trial, at a hearing which took place at Preston Crown Court and over video link on Thursday.

Reporting restrictions prevent the publication of further details of today’s hearing.

The allegations facing the defendants surround the aftermath of the disaster on April 15, 1989.

Ninety-six Liverpool supporters died as a result of a tragic crush on the Leppings Lane terrace allocated to them at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield.

An inquest jury ruled those men, women and children were unlawfully killed.

The police match commander on the day of the FA Cup semi-final, David Duckenfield, was cleared of gross negligence manslaughter following a retrial that concluded last November.