Police apologise for ‘years of deflection and denial’ over Hillsborough disaster

Leaders vow that ‘cultural change’ will improve families’ treatment after tragedies

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Editor
Tuesday 31 January 2023 12:04 GMT
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Hillsborough: Police chiefs apologise for 'profound failings' that led to death of 97 football fans

Police leaders have apologised for years of “deflection and denial” over the Hillsborough disaster, and vowed to bring about cultural change to stop the failings being repeated.

Almost 34 years after the crush that caused the deaths of 97 football fans, they outlined plans to formalise a “duty of candour” on officers and stop “false narratives” seeking to minimise responsibility.

The changes are in response to a damning report released in 2017, and senior officers said they had to wait for the conclusion of legal proceedings including the trial of match commander David Duckenfield and others involved in the disaster.

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