|Former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield told the inquest he was a Freemason|
The watchdog is examining whether senior police officers’ membership of the secret society had a bearing on the events that led to 96 people losing their lives at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, during a football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in April 1989.
Fans were crushed to death after too many supporters were allowed onto the terrace, with numerous policing failures having since been blamed.
Both Former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, who had overall responsibility for policing at the match, and his predecessor Brian Mole were members of the Freemasons. Mr Duckenfield became Worshipful Master – the head of his local lodge – the year after the disaster. (more...)