Top Cumbria doctor and Liverpool FC fan hoped for Hillsborough answers
Last updated at 15:44, Wednesday, 12 September 2012
ONE of Cumbria's top doctors, who helped treat casualties on the scene of the Hillsborough tragedy, was today hoping to get the answers he, other campaigners and the loved ones of those lost have always sought.
Professor John Ashton, Cumbria’s public health director, was at Hillsborough on that tragic day more than 23 years ago, when thousands of Liverpool football fans were crushed in overcrowded pens ahead of an FA Cup tie at the Sheffield Wednesday ground.
The Liverpool born-and-bred LFC fan helped to treat casualties at the scene and certified a number of people dead.
The tragedy claimed the lives of 96 people.
Prof Ashton later spoke out on behalf of the victims’ families, raising serious questions about the police and ambulance response.
He has been a constant campaigner for justice for those who lost their lives on April 15, 1989.
Previously unseen government papers about the Hillsborough disaster were released to the public today.
A report has been compiled by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which has been scrutinising 400,000 pages of documents for the past 18 months.
Many have campaigned for more than 20 years for the papers to be released.
Cabinet papers are not usually published in the UK until 30 years after they have been written, but MPs agreed to their full, uncensored disclosure last year.
Yesterday, Prof Ashton tweeted: "Quite a lot of media to do tomorrow about Hillsborough. I hope I get it right for the 96 and their loved ones."
Days earlier he posted: "#justice for the 96".
First published at 09:17, Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Prof Ashton - who clearly appears to be a sober and trustworthy man - stated that he was told not to rock the boat after the tragedy or he could be 'in a lot of trouble'. I wonder where that kind of message and others like it could have come
from. I'm certain the whole cover-up strategy emanated straight from 10 Downing Street and the wicked crone herself.
Justice WILL be done - there is no turning back now. As a Liverpool fan, I'll never forget that dreadful day - I was listening to the radio at home and simply couldn't beleive ehat was going on. Peter Jones, the legendary BBC football commentator was fighting back tears and when I saw it all on the news I was speechless and close to tears. I admit that "You'll Never Walk Alone" brings at least one tear ro rhe eye.
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