Five men appeared at Preston Crown Court to face charges relating to the Hillsborough disaster

Five men appeared at Preston Crown Court to face charges relating to the Hillsborough disaster where 96 Liverpool fans died during a FA cup football match in 1989.

Donald Denton leaves Preston Crown Court, Lancs., Mr Denton is charged with perverting the course of justice.

The men, including ex-South Yorkshire Police Chief Insp Sir Norman Bettison.

Sir Norman Bettison leaves Preston Crown Court, Lancs., Mr Bettison is charged with four offences of misconduct in a public office.

No formal pleas were given in the hearing but their legal teams have indicated they will deny the charges.

Peter Metcalf leaves Preston Crown Court, Lancs., Mr Metcalf is charged with perverting the course of justice. 

Mr Justice Davis has ruled that any forthcoming trials should be held in Preston.

Alan Foster (Right) leaves Preston Crown Court, Lancs., Mr Foster is charged with perverting the course of justice. 

About 20 family members of the 96 fans who were fatally injured in the 1989 disaster sat yards away in the public gallery.

Writer Jimmy McGovern and Jenni Hicks leave Preston Crown Court, Lancs., 

 

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