Letter: Fans unjustly blamed for Hillsborough

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your correspondent ("Straw sets up review of football tragedy", 27 June) incorrectly reports on a material fact.

She writes: "The Crown Prosecution Service has studied video footage discovered in the archives of Yorkshire Television which South Yorkshire Police previously said was of too poor quality to make available to the Taylor inquiry or to the inquest."

That is wrong. The video footage in question is from police tapes which were made available to Lord Justice Taylor and HM coroner for the inquest.

Their also being made available to Yorkshire Television subsequent to the inquiry by the South Yorkshire Police is also significant collateral for our assertion that there is no "cover-up" as popularly alleged in some quarters. The inquiry ordered by the Home Secretary will lay this particular confusion to rest.

RICHARD WELLS

Chief Constable

South Yorkshire Police

Sheffield

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