Hillsborough Disaster Police Statements

Mike Nicholson made this Freedom of Information request to South Yorkshire Police

The request was refused by South Yorkshire Police.

From: Mike Nicholson

2 April 2010

Dear South Yorkshire Police,

I would be grateful if you could release to me all written
statements made by South Yorkshire Police officers, paramedics,
local residents and fans concerning the disaster at the
Hillsborough stadium on 15th April 1989.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Nicholson

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Charlotte Peters Rock left an annotation ( 2 April 2010)

Quote-marks It might also be interesting to be told where the senior serving officers, who were not prosecuted but shuffled very silently away, went next to work.

I understand the Superintendent Roger Greenwood, who was the Superintendent inside the Ground - pitch-side - and who waved his arms from an advertising bollard as all those young people were crushed to death, might be the same Roger Greenwood as the man who has been Chairman of Doncaster East PCT/ Doncaster PCT/NHS Doncaster since around 2000? Can someone confirm that?

If that is the case, what possible qualification would such a man have for a job in the NHS?

But it would be very interesting to find out where the rest went to.

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From: Mike Nicholson

30 June 2010

Dear South Yorkshire Police,

I would be grateful if you could tell me when you will be in a
position to release this information to me?

Yours faithfully,

Mike Nicholson

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South Yorkshire Police

1 July 2010

Mike Nicholson

[FOI #31917 email]

1^st July 2010

Dear Mr Nicholson,

Freedom of Information Request - Reference No: 20100326

Thank you for your request for information:

I would be grateful if you could tell me when you will be in a position to
release this information to me?
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Mike Nicholson To FOI requests at South
<[FOI #31917 email]> Yorkshire Police
<[South Yorkshire Police request email]>
30/06/2010 10:42 cc
Subject Re: Freedom of Information
request - Hillsborough
Disaster Police Statements

Dear South Yorkshire Police,

I would be grateful if you could tell me when you will be in a
position to release this information to me?

Yours faithfully,

Mike Nicholson

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South Yorkshire Police

13 July 2010


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13^th July 2010

Mike Nicholson

[FOI #31917 email]

Dear Mr Nicholson,

Freedom of Information Request - Reference No: 20100326

With reference to your request:

***HILLSBOROUGH DISASTER POLICE STATEMENTS

I would be grateful if you could tell me when you will be in a position to
release this information to me?***

RESPONSE

In accordance with 1 (1) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I can
advise you that South Yorkshire Police holds the information you request.

Your request for information has now been considered and I am not able to
supply the information you have requested.

Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires South Yorkshire
Police, when refusing to provide such information (because the information
is exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:

a. states that fact,
b. specifies the exemption in question and
c. states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

By virtue of Section 2(3) of the Freedom of Information Act, 2000 the
exemption applicable to the information is ***absolute*** in that it falls
under section 21 This states ***Information which is reasonably accessible
to the applicant otherwise than under section 1 is exempt information***.

In accordance with my duty under Section 16 of the Act (duty to provide
advice and assistance) I would point out that Liverpool Record Office,
Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8EW, hold
a collection of material considered during Lord Justice Stewart-Smith***s
1997/8 scrutiny of evidence of the Hillsborough Disaster (Ref 363 HIL). In
relation to the material requested, this collection includes statements
from several hundred police officers made in connection with the disaster.
This material has been available for public consultation since 2000.
Similar information is held within the House of Commons Library.

Section 22(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act
Section 22 *** Information intended for future publication *** is a
qualified exemption and as such requires the application of a Public
Interest Test.

CONSIDERATIONS IN FAVOUR OF RELEASE

The events at Hillsborough Football Stadium on 15^th April 1989 shocked
the world and raised serious questions regarding public safety at football
stadia and other sporting venues. There also remains in some quarters
considerable disquiet that the subsequent police investigation and
Judicial Inquiry failed to discover or establish certain important facts
pertaining to the causes of the tragedy and the actions of public
authorities in dealing with the aftermath.

It is clearly in the public interest that this information is published at
the earliest possible opportunity. The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire
Police, Mr Meredydd Hughes, acknowledged this in an interview published in
the Guardian Newspaper on 13 April 2009
([1]http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/...).

CONSIDERATIONS IN FAVOUR OF DELAYING RELEASE IN ACCORDANCE WITH S22.

Consideration needs to be given to the impact of disclosure ***to the
world*** of specific documents on all interested parties.

The material in relation to this event is held in approximately 600 boxes,
each of which will be independently archived. It is in the best interest
of all parties that adequate time is taken to ensure all the information
is collated and assessed for release in an acceptable format to protect
its integrity and accuracy.

Publication must not contravene any other statutory obligation, such as
the Data Protection Act 1998. The documents will be assessed for
disclosure ensuring all statutory requirements are considered.

The question of future public safety was given careful and substantial
consideration immediately following the tragedy. This resulted in the
enactment of primary and secondary legislation designed to enhance such
safety or the revision of existing legislation. A delay in the release of
the requested information would have no detrimental effect on current
safety provisions.

The disclosure process is being overseen by the ***Hillsborough
Independent Panel***, chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right
Reverend James Jones. The Panel comprises:

[2]Raju Bhatt, a founder and partner of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors and one of
the founding members of Inquest Lawyers Group

Christine Gifford, member of the [3]Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council On
National Records And Archives.

Katy Jones, television producer.

Paul Leighton [4]QPM [5]CBE, former [6]Deputy Chief Constable of the
Police Service of [7]Northern Ireland

Dr. Bill Kirkup CBE, formerly Associate Medical Director, [8]Department of
Health.

Phil Scraton, Professor of Criminology at [9]Queen's University, Belfast.

[10]Peter Sissons, broadcaster.

Sarah Tyacke CB, former chief executive of the [11]National Archives and
Keeper of Public Records.

A copy of the Disclosure Protocol and the Terms of Reference for the Panel
can be found via the following web links:

[12]http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/h...

[13]http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/h...

The timetable in relation to the release of the documents will be
circulated via the news media in due course.

The formation of the above panel together with the various administrative
functions to support it has been at considerable public expense. This
funding has been supplied by central Government outside the usual funding
of the Force. A revelation of the information in advance of that planned
by the panel would involve further, unnecessary, public expenditure at a
time when public finances are under considerable strain due to current
economic conditions.

After making all the considerations outlined above I am of the opinion
that the public interest in maintaining the exemption, until the
Independent Panel has had the opportunity to carry out its work in
accordance with the Terms of Reference, exceeds that in favour of
revelation of the information

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Yours sincerely

Philip Crick
Information Compliance Clerk
South Yorkshire Police
Information Compliance Unit
Professional Standards Department
Unit 20 Sheffield 35A Business Park
Churchill Way
Sheffield
S35 2PY

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Mike Nicholson To FOI requests at South
<[FOI #31917 email]> Yorkshire Police
<[South Yorkshire Police request email]>
30/06/2010 10:42 cc
Subject Re: Freedom of Information
request - Hillsborough
Disaster Police Statements

Dear South Yorkshire Police,

I would be grateful if you could tell me when you will be in a
position to release this information to me?

Yours faithfully,

Mike Nicholson

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Charlotte Peters Rock left an annotation (23 July 2011)

Quote-marks Edgehill University, just north of Liverpool, holds a large amount of information relating to the Hillsborough Disaster, since it has made a special study of the terrible cover-up, which ensued.

Might be worth contacting the Criminology Department?

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Patrick J Cawkwell left an annotation (27 October 2011)

Quote-marks I would have thought the fact the papers are held in over 600 boxes shouldn't be an issue.

That's the way the organisation chose to store the information and therefore shouldn't use a decision it took as an internal matter as a reason as to why this shouldn't proceed.

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