Norman Bettison, Graham Mackrell, Peter Metcalf, Donald Denton and Alan Foster face charges relating to 1989 disaster

The five men charged with criminal offences relating to the deaths of 96 people at the Hillsborough football ground in 1989 have made their first appearance as defendants at Preston crown court.

The five men face charges ranging from misconduct in a public office to attempting to pervert the course of justice. No formal pleas were entered during the hearing but the five have previously indicated their intention to deny the charges.

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