Five in court over Hillsborough Disaster charges

FIVE men charged in relation to the Hillsborough disaster are making their first Crown Court appearance today — 28 years after 96 fans died in the tragedy in Sheffield.

Graham Mackrell, secretary of Sheffield Wednesday at the time, ex-police solicitor Peter Metcalf, former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton, former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster and former police chief Norman Bettison all appeared before Preston Crown Court this morning.

Metcalf, Denton and Foster, are all accused of perverting the course of public justice or doing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice in relation to alleged alterations to officers statements.

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Hillsborough accused make first crown court appearance

Five men charged following an investigation into the Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath today appeared in a crown court for the first time in relation to the tragedy.

Former West Yorkshire and Merseyside chief constable Sir Norman Bettison, 61, appeared at Preston Crown Court along with fellow retired police officers Donald Denton, 79, and Alan Foster, 70, former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, 67, and solicitor Peter Metcalf, 67, who acted for South Yorkshire Police following the 1989 disaster.

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