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"After the match was stopped at 3.06pm with people already dying in the terrible crush on the central pens of Hillsborough's Leppings Lane terrace, an off-duty assistant chief constable, Walter Jackson, went to ask Duckenfield what was happening."
“It might be said to be unsatisfactory that the senior officer who was ratifying the operational plan didn’t know those facts about the turnstile allocations,” said Mr Hough.
He initially went to the police control room but the officers were congregated outside.
He says there were senior officers of varying ranks and lots of junior officers.
Ms Lambert asks who was present in that group.
He says Mr Jackson, David Duckenfield, Mr Marshall, Roger Greenwood and a lot of other officers.
Mr Addis says he approached the group.
He says not a lot was said.
He says: “Mr Jackson was very, very busy, speaking to all these officers about various matters concerning what had happened.”
"Despite this there was a massive police presence in the streets; clusters of officers on every corner, threatening military looking vans, none of them smiling or making any attempt to be helpful as they watched and waited for trouble.”
I could tell by the tone of voice that Mr Beggs adopted when he read out my words that he was not a fan. He helpfully pointed out to the court that it was the policemen and not the vans who were not smiling. Yikes. Gareth never mentioned that I would have my grammar mocked by a £500 an hour brief.
Gareth said he didn’t know if I would be called to present my evidence to the Inquest. But he assured me that were I to be called, care would be taken to ensure it would be as comfortable a process as possible. He assured me that this was not an adversarial court. A barrister representing the coroner would simply take me through my evidence. They would make sure that my facts were put in front of the jury in a clear and concise manner.
How many? At least 30, complete with all their paralegals and assistants. The word was that there were several QC’s in their midst. I couldn’t help but wonder what their average hourly rate was? Probably £800 at the top end going down a sliding scale to a hundred or so for the bottom end. The average? Probably in the region of £300 an hour.
An aggregate total of £10,000 an hour.
£60,000 a day.
£300,000 a week.
£1.2 million a month.
North of £20 million for the whole shebang.
How very British. Take one catastrophe. Bury it for 25 years until it is impossible to bury it for any longer. And then? Then you turn it into a gravy train.