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I dealt with two armed seiges whilst I've been with South Yorkshire, one lasted five days the others two days, and I, I took the view because it was firearms I should take responsibility, . . .
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Another one that I also took control of was the two, we had two riots at Lindholme Prison in Doncaster. I turned out to that, went to the Force Ops Room and took charge of that and directing all the, the resources with the Divisional Ccnmander at Doncaster as a forward commander.
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Sharp - Yes. And on the 15th of April 1989 were you on duty that day?
Jackson - Yes I was on weekend cover sir.
Sharp - Yeh, now what does that mean? I've seen it referred two ways, one was Force call out and the other was Force cover. What, what does it mean?
Jackson - Well what it means you're actually on duty but you're available to deal with any situation in the Force, so in fact if there was a serious incident or an armed incident or what have you, then I could be contacted. It didn't mean on a Sunday for example you necessarily had to go in to Police Headquarters and be available from there. You could in fact be available at home. We've, we've got a 'Vidophone' at home, we've got a bleep system ...
Sharp - Yes.
Jackson - et cetera, as long as that you're available within the Force area to attend any situation.
Sharp - I understand that. And were you on in uniform on the day?
Jackson - No I was on, in civies.
Sharp - In civies. And is that normal
Jackson - Well yeh, in fact the previous year when i wasn't on duty the ACC didn't go there. Normal practice is as much as if, if I'd gone in uniform there I think the, it tends to ...
Sharp - I mean in general terms when you're on Force call out I mean.
Jackson - Oh yes, yes sir. Normal practice.
Only the other day, I was studying on online conversation between Hillsborough campaigners regarding the notorious disappearance of two CCTV tapes from the Hillsborough video control room on the evening of the Disaster. The speculation that followed as to how the tapes had vanished inevitably turned to perfectly reasonable declarations that they had been stolen. (This is the only plausible conclusion, as the tapes were stored in a locked cupboard, and the control room had been locked as well after Sheffield Wednesday’s video technician, Roger Houldsworth, had put them away. There were apparently only two sets of keys, one set in the possession of the club, the other in the possession of the South Yorkshire Police.)
It is a symptom of the unthinking general animosity towards Bettison that almost immediately, people in the online conversation nominated him as one of the likeliest candidates to have stolen the tapes. This suggestion is a huge stretch, as all indications are that, by the time that Houldsworth had departed from the control room, Bettison had already left the stadium – probably upwards of an hour earlier. (Bettison’s witness statement reveals that he returned to the stadium around 1am, confirmed by the statement of DC Robert Hydes, but he went to the club gymnasium, being used as a temporary mortuary, to check ‘Missing Persons’ Reports against the list of confirmed dead, not to the control box.) And frankly there is no need to drag Bettison into the scenario at all when there were so many other South Yorkshire Police officers still in the stadium, some of whom, such as Assistant Chief Constable Walter Jackson (just for instance), would have had better access and more immediate motive to remove the tapes – it is doubtful in the extreme that Bettison would have known at this stage that there was anything to cover up.
Mr Jackson, who was the most senior South Yorkshire Police officer at the ground on the day, said he would have been familiar with the codeword “catastrophe”, which was intended to be used between emergency services in the event of a major incident.
But, he didn’t use the word on the day.
He said: “In terms of ‘catastrophe’, I regret that that was not used.
“Because I found out that nobody, including me, used the word ‘catastrophe’.”
originally posted by: SprocketUK
a reply to: corblimeyguvnor
People were jailed over Heysel...
It may not fit your petty tribalism, but every firm in the country was in Heysel. I remember seeing all the flags in the crowd.
Besides, I don't remember the police being the main reason for that, nor a top down smear campaign against the victims afterwards.
Search the mainstream media. Where, apart from the Liverpool Echo, will you find recent mention of Walter Jackson?
Walter Jackson – assistant chief constable, operations
Responsible for the force’s planning for all major events, including the 1989 semi-final, and for CID. Approved Duckenfield taking command of the match, and did not recommend Mole should stay on in any capacity. Defended that decision at the inquests, saying he believed Duckenfield was experienced enough.