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Family's fight for justice after Ramsbottom man's death in Hillsborough disaster
THE FAMILY of a Ramsbottom man who died at the Hillsborough football stadium disaster are seeking justice at new inquests due to start at the end of the month.
Barry Glover was one of 96 Liverpool supporters who died as a result of the tragedy on April 15, 1989, after a crush during an FA Cup semi-final match in the Sheffield stadium.
He was a greengrocer and worked at his father’s family business in Bolton Road West, Ramsbottom.
Solicitors Butcher and Barlow LLP, based in Bank Street, Bury, are representing the family at the inquests, which are set to start in Warrington on March 31.
Mr Glover, who was 27 when he died, travelled to the match with his father George and a group of friends.
He took his place in the Leppings Lane End and was crushed during the tragedy.
The original inquest in 1991 recorded a verdict of accidental death, but the Court of Appeal quashed this after the Hillsborough Independent Panel was critical of the way police handled the event.
Their report revealed it took time before police fully reacted to the incident despite there being obvious signs of distress.
Pete Weatherby QC is heading a team of five barristers who have been instructed on behalf of 22 families, including Mr Glover’s.
Anthony Higham, the managing partner and head of litigation at Butcher and Barlow, said: “The team is working flat out to ensure we achieve our client’s goal — which is to get to the bottom of exactly what happened on the April 15, 1989.
“We owe it to Barry and his family to do whatever we possibly can to help reach a just and fair conclusion to what has been a painful and traumatic 25 years for the families involved.”
The solicitors were approached by the family last year and have been heavily involved in legal preparations in advance of the new inquests, and say it is the biggest case they have ever taken on.
Mr Higham added: “We are having to assess an enormous volume evidence on a continuing basis and attention to detail is crucial.
“There is still a lot of work to be done, not only before March 31, but also throughout the inquest itself, which could last until at least the end of the year.”
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