Hillsborough fan’s fury

Les Lloyd
Les Lloyd
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A WIGAN survivor of the Hillsborough disaster has vented his anger at the police cover-up of the events on that tragic day.

Liverpool supporter Les Lloyd, of Ashton-in-Makerfield, who was in the Leppings Lane end of the Sheffield Wednesday ground when 96 people were crushed to death, today spoke of “an organised conspiracy to blame Liverpool fans”.

Mr Lloyd, who was speaking after shock revelations yesterday that police doctored scores of witness statements in which officers were criticised after the 1989 tragedy, said he would have died had a barrier in front of him not collapsed.

Reacting to the release of the Hillsborough files yesterday, Mr Lloyd, said: “It’s a disgrace. I always thought the police were in the wrong, but I did not believe they changed their reports to cover it up.

“I can only surmise that the order came from senior police figures.

“I was satisfied with the apology from the Prime Minister, and hopefully the report can bring a certain amount of closure to everyone associated with that terrible day.”

Mr Lloyd, 62, described how he has not been able to watch his beloved side play live since that terrible day, and believes his recollections will never leave him.

He also called for legal action to be brought against the senior police officer in charge of the FA Cup semi-final tie, Chief Supt David Duckenfield.