Hillsborough jury sees 1981 'crushing incident'

Hillsborough inquests: Jury shown 1981 footage

Thirty-eight fans were reportedly injured in a "crushing incident" at Hillsborough eight years before the tragedy which killed 96 people, their inquests have been told.

It happened during the 1981 FA Cup semi-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Spurs fans spilled on to the track at the Leppings Lane end - the same area where the 1989 tragedy unfolded.

The jury saw a clip of game footage including fans climbing fences.

On that occasion 38 supporters suffered injuries including broken arms, a broken leg and stitches.

Who were the 96 victims?

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

Det Supt Neil Malkin, the senior investigating officer for Operation Resolve - the police criminal investigation into the 1989 disaster - said it may have been linked to Tottenham scoring a goal which caused a crowd surge.

Mr Malkin is giving evidence to provide the jury with context in which the layout of the terrace was altered by the introduction of radial fencing.

The terraces were divided into three pens in the months following the 1981 match.

Christina Lambert QC, counsel for the inquests, said that immediately before the 1981 cup tie there was congestion at the Leppings Lane turnstiles.

Mr Malkin confirmed that Gate C at the turnstiles was opened to alleviate the congestion and a number of fans entered.

He said it was "likely" that the "focus of the crush" in 1981 was in "a rather different position" to the 1989 incident.

Two perimeter gates were opened to let fans out.

Between 100 and 250 fans were estimated to have moved out of the terrace following the 1981 crush, the jury was told.

Following the match, it emerged that the stipulated capacity may have been exceeded by 335.

Ninety-six fans died as a result of the crush at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

The inquests continue.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Liverpool

Weather

Liverpool

Min. Night 3 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    18:00: Good evening

    Local Live has finished for the day. We will return from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates. Join us then.

     
  2.  
    17:57: More homes for Cheshire Rumeana Jahangir BBC News Online

    will be built in west Cheshire during the next 15 years, Cheshire West and Chester Council said.

    builders on roof

    More than 900 acres (3.65 sq km) of land could also be developed by 2030 after a local blueprint was approved by most councillors.

    Nearly 60% of the new properties would be on brownfield sites and 14,000 jobs would be created, the council added.

     
  3.  
    17:55: Tonight's forecast BBC Weather Latest

    Isolated wintry showers this evening, but then a more defined line of showers travel south across the region around midnight. This will clear south in the early hours, then icy stretches develop.

    It will become breezy with strong winds near coasts. Feeling cold. Highs of 4C (39F).

     
  4.  
    17:52: Hit-and-run crash appeal

    A 69-year-old man was struck in a hit-and-run in Wallasey as he cleaned his parked car, with his back to oncoming traffic in Wallasey.

    Merseyside Police have released CCTV footage of the collision, in which the man suffered a fractured pelvis, three fractured ribs and a collapsed lung on 17 January.

    The scene

    He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries and is now recovering at home.

    Officers hope the driver of the car involved, believed to be a silver Skoda Fabia estate, will come forward and speak to them.

     
  5.  
    17:46: Villa fan denies 'Nazi salute'

    An Aston Villa fan "made a Nazi salute" towards a German police officer at Anfield, a court heard.

    Ambulance service worker Jason Southall from Walsall denies making the salute when Liverpool FC hosted the Birmingham side in September. Read more on this story on the Liverpool Echo website.

    A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman added "the individual has been suspended whilst an internal investigation into the incident takes place."

     
  6.  
    17:40: Engineering works affect station BBC Travel

    Trains are not stopping on Merseyrail services at Hamilton Square due to engineering works, train users are warned.

     
  7.  
    17:35: Bank robber: Taxi getaway fail

    Gregory Dike (pictured) fluffed an attempt to hold-up a branch of Barclays in West Derby village, Liverpool, on 13 March but the next morning got away with £1,000 from a Lloyds in nearby Tuebrook after putting a gun to a customer's head.

    Gregory Dike

    He came unstuck on 17 April when fleeing a bank heist in the West Midlands after a taxi driver he'd tried to use as a getaway, refused to move.

    The 38-year-old removed his boiler suit before emerging in a suit but was spotted by police officers and discovered his boiler suit, crash helmet, handcuffs, hunting knife, and two smoke bombs in a bag.

    You can watch the moment he walked into the bank on the police YouTube page.

     
  8.  
    17:20: 'How not to rob a bank' robber jailed

    A robber who downloaded guides on "how to rob a bank" has been jailed for 11 years after carrying out raids across the country.

    Gregory Dike raiding a bank

    Gregory Dike, 38, from London carried out robberies in Leeds, Liverpool and Middlesex last year but was stopped in his tracks when he was caught fleeing from a NatWest branch in Rowley Regis.

    West Midlands Police say Dike tried to escape the robbery in a taxi he'd booked, but the driver had refused to move.

     
  9.  
    17:10: Market expansion plans revealed Liverpool Echo

    Extra parking is to be put in place to help ease problems for visitors to the new Great Homer Street Market.

    Under plans being put to the Liverpool council's cabinet next week the move could also see extra spaces for traders.

    The local authority is also looking to increase the number of trading days at the market from one to three which will it says will lead to additional rental income to help pay for the changes.

     
  10.  
    16:55: News on the hour Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our top local story at 17:00: The police have enforced a "closure order" on a house in Widnes to stop people using it for anti-social behaviour.

    Anyone seen going into 9 Brookdale over the next three months could face up to six months in prison - and a £5,000 fine. Join us for more on this story.

     
  11.  
    16:40: Action on cervical cancer

    Liverpool Wavertree MP and Shadow Public Health Minister Luciana Berger MP has called for improved measures to be taken to help prevent cervical cancer, during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

    Ms Berger pointed to the need to reverse declining rates of uptake for cervical screening and continued promotion of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination amongst teenage girls.

    Smear test slide

    "I have challenged NHS England, and Merseyside NHS Area Team in particular, which is responsible for screening and immunisation in Liverpool, to develop an action plan to ensure that women and girls are aware of the symptoms and impact of cervical cancer and to increase uptake of cervical screening and HPV vaccination," said Ms Berger.

     
  12.  
    16:30: Warning over car thefts

    Opportunistic thieves have targeted cars left running and unattended as owners de-iced their windscreens in Childwall, Mossley Hill and Allerton, prompting a police warning.

    Merseyside Police is reminding motorists not to leave their keys in the ignition following a number of vehicle thefts during the recent cold snap.

    All the offences have happened early in the morning, usually when the owner is preparing to drive to work and has gone back into their house to get something.

     
  13.  
    16:17: Trouble-magnet flat closed Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

    A judge has approved the closure of a flat in Widnes following months of trouble such as late-night arguments over drugs running out and a teenager being doused in petrol.

     
  14.  
    16:08: Ings move rumour quashed BBC Sport

    Danny Ings will not leave Burnley in the current transfer window and a deal to sell then loan him back would breach Premier League rules, says the Clarets.

    Burnley striker Danny Ings

    Liverpool have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old striker.

    It was suggested that the Reds would then be willing to loan Ings back to Burnley for the rest of the season.

    But Burnley chief executive Lee Hoos set the record straight, saying that idea would breach Premier League rules.

     
  15.  
    15:57: News on the hour Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

    Two police officers and three police staff have been fired from Merseyside's force in the last year for corruption.

    The force has been commended for the way it deals with problems in its ranks by the Police Integrity and Corruption report. It said Merseyside police was leading the way.

    Other forces meanwhile have been criticised for their inability to investigate corruption among their own officers. We hear Chief Supt Karen Cummins from Merseyside Police tell us the force tackles it head on at 16:00.

     
  16.  
    15:46: Teenager racially abused bouncers Chester Chronicle

    A drunk teen who hurled a racial slur at bouncers at Rosies nightclub in Chester got just what he'd been asking for - a ride in the back of a police car.

     
  17.  
    15:36: Everton squad boosted Steve Bower BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Everton midfielders James McCarthy and Darron Gibson and defender Sylvain Distin could all return after their injuries for the trip to Crystal Palace.

    Winger Kevin Mirallas is expected to overcome the hamstring injury that saw him substituted last time out.

     
  18.  
    15:21: Working with the stars' (faces) Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    It's not every day you get to work with Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Sigourney Weaver but that's how it was for me today at the Face Lab at Liverpool John Moores University.

    Face masks of Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Sigourney Weaver
     
  19.  
    15:06: 'Face lab' launched Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    A research lab that creates e-fits of criminals and projects how ancient historical figures would have looked, is being launched on Merseyside.

    It is hoped the facility at Liverpool John Moores University will be used by archaeologists and police forces from across the globe.

    The face lab

    I've been to the launch and will be reporting for North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

     
  20.  
    14:56: News on the hour Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

    Tributes are being paid to a 13-year-old boy, found dead in a park in Whiston yesterday.

    We will have more on this in our bulletin at 15:00.

     
  21.  
    14:45: Wirral library cuts row Wirral Globe

    A row has blown up after Government ministers criticised the council for cutting opening hours of Wirral libraries.

     
  22.  
    14:32: Park death boy named BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police have confirmed the name of the 13-year-old boy found dead at Stadt Moers Park in Whiston as Terry Hall, who lived locally.

     
  23.  
    14:17: Drug ring fixer's assets stripped Liverpool Echo

    A fixer in a international drugs gang responsible for importing huge volumes of super-strength drugs was ordered to pay back his ill-gotten gains.

    Merseyside crook Richard Harrison, 58, helped arrange an £8m shipment of heroin smuggled in a batch of breadsticks at a meeting between four kingpins at a Liverpool city centre restaurant.

     
  24.  
    14:07: Costa banned for 'stamp'

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven, said the FA.

    Emre Can and Diego Costa

    Costa had denied the charge in relation to an on-field incident, in which he appeared to stamp Liverpool's Emre Can, which occurred in the 12th minute of the League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

    The incident was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

     
  25.  
    13:57: News on the hour Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

    More sleet and snow overnight saw problems on Merseyrail services this morning but bosses insist they were out of their control.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin.

     
  26.  
    13:45: This afternoon's forecast BBC Weather Latest

    Another cold day with brisk winds and sleet showers this afternoon. Highs of 5C (41F).

    More wintry showers overnight as it drops to a chilly -1C.

    As for your weekend - a windy and wet Saturday though Sunday will stay cold it will be dry and sunny.

     
  27.  
    13:38: Fine for 'filthy' Bootle kitchen Liverpool Echo

    Our pictures show the filth at Bootle takeaway restaurant Xu's that saw its owner forced to pay out almost £3,000 for breaching food hygiene regulations.

     
  28.  
    13:25: Milk leaked onto M6

    More than 160 bottles of milk leaked after a lorry overturned on the M6 southbound between J21 and J20, according to a tweet from Cheshire Fire.

     
  29.  
    13:14: Tranmere frontman loaned out Nathan Middleton BBC Sport

    Conference side Southport have signed Tranmere striker George Donnelly on loan until the end of the season.

    George Donnelly George Donnelly was a trainee at Liverpool but was released in 2007

    The 26-year-old had been made available for transfer by Rovers boss Micky Adams at the start of the month.

     
  30.  
    12:57: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    At 13:00 we hear from Merseyrail operations director Andy Heath, as he explains why frozen snow affected the Wirral and Northern lines this morning.

    Listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
  31.  
    12:47: M6 southbound closure BBC Travel

    The M6 is closed and there is queuing traffic southbound between J21 for Woolston and J20 for the Lymm Interchange because of an overturned lorry.

    Congestion is back to J21a at the Croft Interchange, drivers are warned.

     
  32.  
    12:42: Liverpool v West Ham Simon Brotherton Match of the Day commentator

    Mamadou Sakho is a doubt for Liverpool with a back problem sustained during the midweek League Cup defeat against Chelsea.

    The Reds will be boosted by the return of Daniel Sturridge from his thigh injury.

     
  33.  
    12:31: Blaze victim not yet named Tom Mullen BBC News

    An elderly woman was found dead after firefighters tackled a house fire in St Helens.

    Birchfield Street

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were called to Birchfield Street, Thatto Heath at about 23.20 last night.

    The body of the woman, who has not yet been identified, was discovered in the lounge.

     
  34.  
    12:16: Ex-Blues keeper: probation 'in safe hands' Chester Chronicle

    He may be best known for his legendary moves on the pitch but Grenville Millington is determined to show the people of Chester that community payback is in a safe pair of hands.

    The new chairman of the Blues started working in the probation service two years before he hung up his goalkeeping gloves in 1984 - and he has never looked back.

     
  35.  
    11:57: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Latest figures from NHS England show an improvement in A&E waiting times - for the third week in a row. 93% of patients are being seen within four hours - 2% short of the target.

    We hear from the BBC's Health Correspondent Adam Brimelow at 12:00.

     
  36.  
    11:42: Sturridge 'anxious and excited' about return Emlyn Begley BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is "anxious and excited" as he prepares to return from five months out injured.

    Daniel Sturridge

    The 25-year-old also told BBC Radio 5 live the mental side of his game has improved during his layoff.

    The former Chelsea striker has not played since suffering a thigh injury while on England duty in September. Since then he has injured his calf and thigh again.

     
  37.  
    11:28: Your views Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    BBC Local Live brings you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

    Tell us what you think

     
  38.  
    11:18: Warehouse restaurant to close Southport Visiter

    A Southport restaurant owned by businessman Paul Adams and Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard is to close.

     
  39.  
    11:08: Locate gritters near you BBC Travel North West BBC Travel

    Wondering where all the gritters are? This link shows a real-time map with the locations of all gritters across the Cheshire East council area.

    Council gritter
     
  40.  
    10:58: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside police have told us the death of a 13-year-old boy in Whiston is not being treated as suspicious.

    He was discovered by a member of the public in Stadt Moer Park on Thursday afternoon.

    Officers are working with the coroner to establish the circumstances surrounding his death. Join us for the 11:00 headlines.

     
  41.  
    10:48: Reds bid for striker Ings Ben Smith BBC Sport

    Liverpool will attempt to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings before Monday's transfer deadline.

    Danny Ings

    Manager Brendan Rodgers is willing to loan the 22-year-old back to Sean Dyche's side for the rest of the season in order to complete a deal.

     
  42.  
    10:38: 'Major disruption' from frozen snow Wirral Globe

    Merseyrail is warning frozen snow caused major disruptions at Southport, Kirby, Hunts Cross, Ellesmere Port and Chester.

     
  43.  
    10:28: Health and safety Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    It was our last day looking at the work of Health and Safety Executive in Bootle on BBC Radio Merseyside today. Here's the king!

    Painter doing window ledges over a great height, balancing on wooden boards between open windows
     
  44.  
    10:17: Baines back on spotkicks BBC Sport

    Left-back Leighton Baines, 30, will be restored to Everton penalty duties this weekend after forward Kevin Mirallas' controversial miss against West Bromwich Albion, reports the Daily Telegraph.

    More football gossip is here.

     
  45.  
    10:04: Buy a tile scheme Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

    Each Victorian tile on the floor of the medieval undercroft at Norton Priory is being painstakingly removed by archaeologists under a £3.7m conservation project.

    Victorian tiles at Norton Priory in Runcorn

    A buy-a-tile scheme has been launched to ensure the project to restore the 12th century landmark can be completed.

     
  46.  
    09:54: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A woman's body was discovered by firefighters called to a blaze in St Helens.

    Smoke alarms were fitted and they did activate at the house on Birchfield Street in Thatto Heath late last night.

    More on this story and others in our 10:00 bulletin.

     
  47.  
    09:37: Teenager's body found in park St Helens Star

    The body of a 13-year-old boy has been found at a Whiston park.

    Emergency crews were called by a member of the public to the scene in Stadt Moers Park at about 13:00 yesterday, according to reports.

     
  48.  
    09:21: Probe into inmate's death Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    The Prisons Ombudsman will investigate the death of Lee Rushton, a 34-year-old inmate found in his cell at Walton prison in Liverpool on Wednesday.

     
  49.  
    09:12: Police attending crash scene

    Here's another photograph from the accident on the M62, which is causing major rush hour delays this morning.

    M62 accident

    Thanks to Mark Warren for tweeting us.

     
  50.  
    08:59: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Have we hit what some experts are calling "peak fat"?

    One in three British children are now overweight - but new research suggests childhood obesity rates in England may be levelling off.

    We hear from Simon Capewell, a professor at the University of Liverpool, who founded the campaign group Action on Sugar in our 09:00 bulletin.

     
  51.  
    08:48: Live pictures from M62 accident Tom Mullen BBC News

    Mark Warren has run into trouble at the accident on the M62. He has tweeted these pictures from the scene.

    M62
     
  52.  
    08:40: Wave of mourners expected at traveller funeral Liverpool Echo

    Motorists heading from Merseyside towards Ellesmere Port and Chester are being warned of potential delays as mourners from across the country attend a traveller funeral in Cheshire later.

     
  53.  
    08:30: Blueprint for the future approved

    A document outlining how Cheshire West and Chester will develop over the next 15 years has been approved.

    Cheshire

    Only two councillors voted against the borough's Local Plan at a meeting last night - it details the level and location of development in the borough up to 2030.

    Twenty-two thousand homes will be built and 365 hectares of land have been earmarked for development.

     
  54.  
    08:20: Frozen snow blocks lines BBC Travel

    Frozen snow is blocking Merseyrail train lines at Ellesmere Port and Kirkby, so commuters are warned to expect some disruption.

    The latest information is here.

     
  55.  
    08:17: Motorway crashes warning BBC Travel

    Two lanes are closed on the M62 eastbound at J5 for Huyton because of a crash.

    There is also slow traffic and one lane closed on the M57 southbound between J3 for Stockbridge Village and J2 for the A57 at Prescot, because of another crash.

    Drivers are warned to take care in icy conditions.

     
  56.  
    08:08: Icy start BBC Weather Latest

    An icy start this morning, and another cold feeling day, especially in the brisk north-westerly wind. A scattering of wintry showers, especially this afternoon, but generally fewer than Thursday.

    Snow mainly confined to hills, with sleet at lower levels. Highs of 5C (41F). More about the weekend's outlook is here.

     
  57.  
    08:00: Good morning Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    I'm back with today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for Merseyside.

    Get in touch with us during the day over email, Facebook and Twitter.

     

Features

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.