Ex-police chief admits South Yorkshire Police could have been more open over Hillsborough disaster

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The Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police at the time of the Hillsborough disaster has agreed the force could have provided more information to the Taylor Inquiry in the immediate aftermath.

Lord Taylor was asked to oversee the first inquiry into the cause of the tragedy, which claimed 96 lives.

Retired Deputy Chief Constable Peter Hayes, responsible for overseeing legal issues arising from the disaster, said he was surprised at some omissions in the police report given to Lord Taylor, including match commander David Duckenfield’s lie that fans forced open the gate which led to overcrowding on the terraces.

“It seems we could have been more fulsome,” he said.