Six charges relating to Hillsborough disaster

Four people from St Helens died at the Hillsborough disaster. They are, clockwise, David Hawley, Jonathon Owens, Stephen O'Neill and Nicholas Joynes
Four people from St Helens died at the Hillsborough disaster. They are, clockwise, David Hawley, Jonathon Owens, Stephen O'Neill and Nicholas Joynes

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield, former chief constable Sir Norman Bettison and four other individuals have been charged with offences relating to the Hillsborough disaster, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Sue Hemming, head of the special crime and counter-terrorism division, said Duckenfield has been charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 of the 96 Liverpool FC fans who died at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989 and Bettison is accused of four counts of misconduct in public office.

Four people from St Helens were killed at Hillsborough; David Hawley, 39, from Thatto Heath and his nephew Stephen O’Neill who was 17, Nicholas Joynes, 27, whose parents lived in Sutton, and Jonathon Owens, who was 18.

Former South Yorkshire Police officers Donald Denton and Alan Foster, as well as force solicitor Peter Metcalf, are charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice, and former Sheffield Wednesday secretary Graham Mackrell is charged with three offences relating to health and safety and safety at sports grounds.

Ms Hemming said a further file from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on the conduct of West Midlands Police still needs “additional investigative work”.

She added: “Additionally, just this week, the IPCC has referred two further suspects which are unconnected to the matters sent to us in January; these subjects are subject to ongoing consideration by the CPS. W e will announce our decisions in due course.

“The suspects referred to the CPS included individuals and organisations.

“Following these thorough investigations and our careful review of the evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, I have decided there is sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offences.”

All the defendants, except Duckenfield, will appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on August 8.