Hillsborough trial: Liverpool fan saw 'human cascade'

A Liverpool supporter pulled fans from a "human cascade" on the terrace at Hillsborough, he has told a court.

Frederick Eccleston said the central pens of the Leppings Lane terrace were "ram-packed full of people" while pens to the side were "half-empty".

He told Preston Crown Court he recalled "pulling people by their arms, their legs, their hair, their cheeks".

Former match commander David Duckenfield, 74, denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 fans.

Mr Eccleston said said he attended the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989 with his son and a family friend and watched the match from a corner overlooking the Leppings Lane end.

The former nursing manager said that when the match was stopped he went on to the pitch to help and joined a police officer pulling fans from the central pens.

He said: "We both were pulling people out of that human cascade, it was like a waterfall with people tumbling on each other."

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Jacob Worek