Statements made by cops after Hillsborough disaster 'edited to remove accounts saying they were short-staffed'

STATEMENTS made by cops after the Hillsborough disaster were edited to remove accounts which said they were short-staffed and “like headless chickens”, a court heard.

The reports were due to go before a government inquiry into the 1989 disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

Ex-South Yorks Chief Supt Donald Denton, 83, retired Det Chief Insp Alan Foster, 74, and Peter Metcalf, 71, an ex-police solicitor, are charged with trying to pervert the course of justice.

Yesterday, Sarah Whitehouse QC, prosecuting, said “The vetting process was targeted at reducing or removing references to the failings by the South Yorkshire Police.”

All three deny the charges and the trial at the Lowry theatre in Salford continues.

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