Hillsborough: Fan hopes for justice at last

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A WIGAN survivor of the Hillsborough football disaster says he hopes the families of those who died will finally get justice as new inquests begin.

Les Lloyd, from Ashton, was at the Yorkshire ground in 1989 when 96 Liverpool fans died in a crush on the Leppings Lane terrace before the FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.

Les LLoyd

Les LLoyd

Families and relatives of those who died gathered in Warrington yesterday to begin the process of selecting a jury and going through the events again after the original accidental death verdicts were quashed in 2012.

Mr Lloyd, who still suffers from claustrophobia and is unable to attend football matches due to his fear of crowds, says he hopes the new inquests, which could last up to a year, will finally bring some closure.

Mr Lloyd, 64, said: “I’m glad it’s started and I hope the truth will come out so people will get the justice they have been fighting for.

“I’m also hoping that after 25 years it will start to settle down, though obviously we don’t want to forget the people who died.”

“I went over my statement again and it brought things back, but I still remember some events as though it was yesterday. I’m always thinking about it.”

Leigh MP Andy Burnham, who has played a leading role in backing the families’ fight to find out what really happened, also welcomed the new inquest, which will be led by Lord Justice John Goldring.

Mr Burnham said: “This is a momentous day and one many people thought we would never see. The reason it is here is the courage and dignity of the families and the solidarity of those who never gave in.

“This should have happened 25 years ago but there is now a light at the end of this tunnel for the families. Hopefully we are in the final stages of getting justice for the 96.”