Incredibly, 23 years after the Hillsborough Disaster on April 15, 1989, this is a significant week for the city of Liverpool with the truth set to come out on the worst football catastrophe in English football.
After 20 months and the examination of 450,000 documents, an independent panel of experts, chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, will attempt to deliver a definitive narrative of what happened at Sheffield Wednesday’s home ground on FA Cup semi-final day.
On BBC’s Searching for Truth, aired on Sunday night, Lucy Hester speaks to police officers, Hillsborough victims’ and family members of those that were tragically killed.
Probably the most powerful part of the programme (on the video below) is the interview with Sun journalist Harry Arnold who wrote a story in the aftermath of Hillsborough alleging drunk Liverpool fans abused victims and police during the disaster. (See picture left.)
The BBC will be praised for raising the public’s consciousness in this most important week for the supporters urging Justice for the 96, but some Liverpool supporter groups have wondered why Searching for Truth was only shown in the north west of England and not in the south.
On Wednesday, there is genuine hope that a definitive narrative will be illustrated of a terrible day with South Yorkshire police and The Sun set to come in for heavy criticism. With Liverpool fans cleared of any wrong doing.
Video of Hillsborough – Searching for Truth can be seen below.