Wales

Hillsborough: report 'not enough' says victim's mother

  • 13 September 2012
  • From the section Wales

A mother whose son who died at Hillsborough says the damning report into the disaster does not go far enough.

Joan Hope from Holywell, Flintshire, said it was step forward but she was disappointed South Yorkshire Police had not been held fully to account.

Mrs Hope's son John McBrien, 18, died along with 95 others after a crush at Sheffield Wednesday's ground in 1989.

She wants prosecutions, adding: "It's not vengeance, it's justice".

An independent report found some of the 96 dead might have been saved and said police had changed witness statements and tried to blame Liverpool fans.

The tragedy happened at the start of a FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

A report was compiled by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which scrutinised more than 450,000 pages of documents over the last 18 months.

Prime Minister David Cameron apologised and said police had failed to do enough and had also tried to blame Liverpool fans.

After being told the findings in the report, Mrs Hope told BBC Wales: "I was disappointed because I was hoping for a statement saying the police were guilty. That's what I wanted - where the blame should lay."

Joan Hope
Joan Hope says she wants justice, "not vengeance"

"Lies, more lies - a catalogue of blunders that happened."

However, Mrs Hope felt progress had been made in the fight for justice for her son and the others who died.

"It's a step forward but not enough. It needs to be dealt with now and get the answers quickly - not in another 23 years.

"It's a long time out of your life to fight for justice when you've done nothing wrong."

Mrs Hope wants South Yorkshire Police prosecuted over the tragedy.

"It's not vengeance, it's justice," she said.

"And why shouldn't we try anything to get justice - it's our right, isn't it? What kind of country are we living in if we don't have justice?

"We lost precious, very precious, people that day and we should have been told the truth straight away."

Mrs Hope said her life changed forever the day her son died.

"It's destroyed me and yet I had to fight and go through all of this suffering - I felt as if I was letting John down if I didn't.

"That was my work.

"I couldn't have ever wished as anyone to be as wonderful as him. I really loved him. It's impossible to put into words.

"It's as if your heart has been taken out of your body. I will never stop grieving for him."

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