Hillsborough inquests: Double tragedy of Glover family

(Clockwise from top left) Ian Glover, Keith McGrath, Peter Tootle and Steven Robinson The court in Warrington heard from the families of (clockwise from top left) Ian Glover, Keith McGrath, Steven Robinson and Peter Tootle for the first time

The brother of a man who died at Hillsborough was himself killed nearly a decade later, an inquest heard.

Joe Glover was at the April 1989 FA Cup semi-final with brother Ian, who was one of the 96 to die, the Warrington coroner was told.

In a statement, the Glover family said Joe managed to escape the crush but could only watch as Ian died.

Almost exactly 10 years later Joe was crushed by falling marble at work, the hearing was told.

In the years after Ian's death, Mr Glover "never really recovered", the court was told.

Their sister Lorraine said Ian, from Liverpool and one of six children, was in the Leppings Lane terraces with his brother.

She said: "After the crush, [Joe] tried to resuscitate Ian and helped to carry him to the gymnasium."

She continued: "After the disaster Ian became one of the victims, number 37 [of the 96], which we found heartbreaking because to us he was our lad and our life.

"Joe was badly traumatised by what happened and never really recovered. He would often go missing and we would later find him asleep on Ian's grave."

'Lovely lad'

She added: "Almost exactly 10 years after the Hillsborough disaster, Joe was also crushed to death. He was unloading a wagon at work when he was crushed by five tonnes of marble. Joe managed to save a colleague by pushing him out of the way."

The statement said Ian's clothes were still hanging in his bedroom at the family home.

Jurors have been listening to background statements about how the Hillsborough disaster affected individual families.

The inquest heard a statement from Peter Tootle's mother Joan. Peter, from Liverpool, was 21 when he died at Hillsborough.

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Eight of the Hillsborough victims, CW from top left: Paul Clark, Stephen Copoc, Tracey Cox, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, Steven Fox, Vincent Fitzsimmons, Christopher Edwards

The statement, read by Peter's cousin, described him as a "lovely lad".

She said: "[Peter] went to his first Liverpool match when he was 18 months old and he was hooked. I think 'Liverpool' was his first word".

'Birthday present'

The court also heard about Keith McGrath, 17, from Liverpool.

His mother Mary Corrigan, said it was "inevitable" her son was going to become a Liverpool supporter as most of the family supported the team.

She said: "We bought him a season ticket for Liverpool for his 17th birthday. All these years I've been saying if If we had not got him that ticket he would be home safe today. "

The jury heard from the family of Steven Robinson, who had an ambition to join Merseyside Police.

All four of his brothers and sisters stood in the witness box to give their memories of the 17-year-old from Crosby.

Peter cried as he told the court about his older brother Steven taking him to Anfield for his 12th birthday present.

Further statements were also read by the families of Brian Matthews, 38, from Liverpool and Peter Burkett, 24, from the Wirral.

The inquests, set to last a year, were ordered after new evidence revealed by the Hillsborough Independent Panel led to the original inquest verdicts being quashed.

Michael Mansfield QC, representing many of the families, told the court the statements had been "a permanent testament to the dignity of the human spirit".

The hearing was adjourned until May 20.

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    I've been to speak to 14-year-old Keegan Morton, who suffered serious burns when an aerosol that was thrown on a fire exploded last year.

    The Woodchurch High School pupil has now fully recovered.

     
  88.  
    Beatles home sold 09:41:

    The childhood home of former Beatle George Harrison sold for £156,000 at the Cavern Club last night.

    Harrison home

    Harrison was six years old in 1949 when he moved into 25 Upton Green in Speke, Liverpool, with his parents.

     
  89.  
    Accident on M6 09:32:

    There are reports of one lane on the M6 blocked due to an accident, two vehicles are involved northbound at Junction 20 (Lymm Interchange).

     
  90.  
    Hurricane impact 09:25:

    As the North West experiences the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo, we ask: How do hurricanes affect the weather in the UK?

    BBC Weather

    John Hammond from BBC Weather can explain.

     
  91.  
    Traffic slow on viaduct 09:16: Warrington Guardian
  92.  
    Blustery Hoylake 09:11: Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    I took these pictures of the storm clouds and the petrol blue sea at Hoylake this morning. It was very blustery and I almost lost my hat.

    Hoylake beach

    Do you have pictures you'd like to share? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk or Tweet us.

     
  93.  
    M57 closed after accident 09:06:

    NW Motorway Police tweets: M57 has been briefly closed due to accident which has been cleared but traffic may be heavy n/b j5-6 as a result.

     
  94.  
    Railway bridge death 09:02:

    A man has died in a car crash near St. Helens Rugby Club this morning.

    Bridge

    Emergency services were called to Peasley Cross Lane at 04:30 to reports a Ford Fiesta had hit a railway bridge.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

     
  95.  
    News on the hour 08:58: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Strong winds are expected to cause disruption across much of Merseyside and Cheshire as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps into the North West.

    You can listen live here to the 09:00 bulletin.

     
  96.  
    Gonzalo's last hurrah? 08:53:

    As rain and strong winds are likely to cause disruption and gusts of more than 60mph have been recorded in the North West, you can read more about the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo nationally on this live blog.

    Woman struggling with umbrella

    A yellow warning from the Met Office is in place for much of the UK due to the high winds.

     
  97.  
    Weather with Eno 08:48: BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: Full weather forecast with Eno bit.ly/BBCNWTFB

     
  98.  
    Chester line disrupted 08:41:

    Merseyrail emails to say due to a broken down train between Chester and Bache the Chester line is disrupted.

     
  99.  
    Runcorn Bridge crash 08:31:

    Cheshire Police is warning there may be delays on the Runcorn Bridge this morning due to an accident.

    Runcorn Bridge

    Officers are telling people to approach the area with caution.

     
  100.  
    Hurricane Gonzalo 08:22: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    As the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit the UK a yellow weather warning's in place right across Merseyside and Cheshire.

    In our region we are being told to expect winds of up to 60 or 70mph until around 18:00 tonight.

    Airport

    At Liverpool John Lennon Airport flights are currently running as normal, but there may be delays if flights are held up elsewhere.

     

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