Police chief in charge on day of Hillsborough disaster dies

The man in charge of policing South Yorkshire during the Hillsborough disaster and 1984 miners’ strike has died.

The Former Chief Constable Peter Wright, 82, died in hospital in York on Saturday following a lengthy illness.

He led the South Yorkshire force from 1983 until 1990.

Ninety-six Liverpool football fans died as a result of a crush at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield on 15 April 1989.

An inquiry into the tragedy concluded police mismanagement of the crowd was one of the main triggers of the crush.

The current chief constable Meredydd Hughes said: “Peter Wright led the force through its darkest hours, always demonstrating outstanding personal integrity and commitment.

“The force remembers him with respect and affection, and I offer our sympathy to his family and friends.”