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THE reports of the police cover-up after the Hillsborough disaster were upsetting in the extreme. This was a dreadful tragedy.
However, awful as this whole case was, and the reprehensible behaviour of the police in trying to cover their tracks, I still respect and admire our police force as being the finest in the world. What the police did was inexcusable and it is good this has now come to light, but surely this was a one-off, for which they must be truly ashamed.
Heather Causnett, Escrick Park Gardens, Escrick, York.
• WHILE I am in full sympathy with the police at the time of Hillsborough tragedy, I fear there is a witch hunt.
Money is the basic objective. So much emphasis is being put on the paperwork – statements, but not on the picture. Police, medics and spectators were in deep trauma. No one was prepared for such a situation; no one could have foreseen the results of their actions.
The question has to be, would there have been a catastrophe if those people had not been outside the ground at the kick off?
With regards to police numbers on the front line, these have over the past few years been reduced. Hillsborough has some 100-plus officers on the job at the time. York today would be hard pressed to have 12.
P Richardson, Haxby , York.
• TONY Kelly’s article (The Press, September 15) about Hillsborough and the lengthy police and government cover-up is 100 per cent spot on.
My only gripe would be that you should have given it more prominence and moved it to the main body of your paper, as it is only partially about football and many of your readers who aren’t interested in sport are likely to have missed it.
Tony Eves, Margaret Philipson Court, York.