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In photos: What happened at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989

Relatives of the 96 people who died at Hillsborough today got to see previously unseen documents about what happened at the stadium.

TWENTY THREE YEARS after it happened, relatives of the people who died in the Hillsborough disaster were today given access to previously unseen documents about what happened on the day.

Victims’ families have campaigned for more than twenty years for the Cabinet documents to be released, believing that they shed new light on the events of the day.

The report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel revealed that some of the deaths could have been avoided and that police and the ambulance service altered statements after the disaster in order to deflect blame away from their staff and onto fans.

96 football fans died at the 1989 FA  Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Sheffield Wednesday ground on 15 April 1989. These photographs show the panic and confusion in Hillsborough that day as the scale of the tragedy became clear.

Some readers may find these images distressing

In photos: What happened at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989
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Photo: The front page of today’s Liverpool Echo is a powerful one >

Read: Search for justice and the ‘truthful truth’: Hillsborough panel to publish findings >

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