Hillsborough: Who could be prosecuted?


The public prosecutor’s office has now received the results of two investigations that have been examining evidence related to the disaster for four years.

These organizations and persons are probably included in the files

While today’s announcement did not reveal details of who might have had to answer a case and who might have been exonerated, several key figures and institutions have been involved in the investigation. These include

They will now examine these conclusions and decide whether or not to prosecute them.

The verdicts from the Hillsborough investigations will not have influenced the work of the IPCC and Operation Resolve.

They decided that the police had made mistakes in planning for the match day, in reacting to events later in the game, in not closing the central tunnel leading to the Leppings Lane Terraces after Gate C was opened, and in reacting to the deadly onslaught.

But in deciding that the 96 were victims of an unlawful murder, the jury could not have been worse.

All of these issues were investigated as part of Operation Resolve, a criminal investigation overseen by the IPCC.

The IPCC “steered investigation” looked at how the disaster was handled, including the planning and preparation of South Yorkshire Police in advance, and the management and response to the unfolding tragedy at the Leppings Lane Terraces.

The role of several key members of the force was probably considered by the investigators, most obviously that of match commander David Duckenfield – who accepted that he was “not acting as a reasonably competent match commander”, that his omissions led to the deaths and that he lied to an FA official about how fans got into Leppings Lane via Gate C.

Other key figures on that day include former Assistant Chief Constable Walter Jackson. He was the senior police officer in South Yorkshire on the scene and failed to use the code word “disaster”, which was intended for use in the event of a major incident.

Former Superintendent Roger Marshall told the new investigation that he could have asked for a postponement of the FA Cup semi-final kick-off but did not do so – a decision he has since regretted, he admitted.


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