Council officer had ‘no confidence’ Hillsborough problems would be tackled

The Leppings Lane terrace at Hillsborough Stadium.

The Leppings Lane terrace at Hillsborough Stadium.

A health and safety expert was told by his bosses to ‘keep his nose out’ of safety concerns at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium a year before the disaster killed 96 Liverpool football fans, a jury heard.

Paul Jackson was a health and safety officer with Sheffield Council’s environmental protection unit at the time of the tragedy on Saturday, April 15, 1989.

However, Mr Jackson told the jury hearing the inquests into the deaths, he had been made aware of safety concerns over the crush barriers, their height and spacings, on the terraces at the stadium 12 months before the disaster.

 

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