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Hillsborough blamed on fans in leaked documents

A senior Merseyside police officer blamed the Hillsborough disaster on "drunken Liverpool fans", according to leaked documents seen by the BBC.

The officer's claim was included in a briefing received by the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher just days after the incident, which happened 23 years ago.

An official inquiry later found the deaths of 96 people in the tragedy was caused by poor crowd control on the part of South Yorkshire Police.

Judith Moritz reports.

  • 15 Mar 2012