Hillsborough disaster ‘lies policeman’ still works at headquarters

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The police officer instrumental in spreading lies about Liverpool fans in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster is still working at the South Yorkshire Police HQ.

Paul Middup, who retired from the force more than 10 years ago, is involved in the South Yorkshire Police Credit Union - a savings scheme for bobbies and staff.

The organisation has its own office at the police force HQ on Snig Hill in Sheffield city centre.

Mr Middup’s voicemail system yesterday fielded calls to the office.

He was secretary of the local Police Federation in April 1989 when the police allowed too many fans into the pens at the Leppings Lane end of the stadium.

To deflect blame from the force, Mr Middup, other police officers and former Conservative MP Sir Irvine Patnick misled journalists with allegations, later found to be untrue, of fans turning up at the stadium drunk and ticketless and forcing their way into the ground.

Stories appeared claiming that fans urinated on police officers and stole from the dead.

The independent panel set up to review all the Hillsborough disaster files held by organisations unearthed minutes of meetings implicating Middup as the source for some of the stories which vilified fans.

Notes said the Police Federation had been given a ‘free hand’ by the then Chief Constable Peter Wright to mount a defence on behalf of the force by putting forward a different version of events.