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Officers 'distraught' over man's death.

A POLICE officer told the Hillsborough inquests he and a colleague were "distraught" after they failed to revive a fan on the pitch.

The court heard evidence about Raymond Chapman, 50, right, a dad-of-two from Prenton.

He travelled to the match with friends including Steven Fox, 21, who also died in the disaster.

James Wright, a police sergeant in 1989, told the court he and police inspector Trevor Harvey had helped to carry a man they later identified as Raymond onto the pitch from the gate in pen three.

In a statement, he said: "We tried resuscitation for about two or three minutes, but it was apparent that the man was dead.

"As I stood up, I looked at Insp Harvey. He was obviously upset and distraught, and so was I."

He said a young man then approached the casualty and began mouth-tomouth.

He said: "I knew the man was dead, but knelt and again tried heart massage.

"After a minute or two, I told the youth that the man was dead.

"He started to cry and walked away."

The court heard Raymond was carried down to the Spion Kop end of the pitch.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2015
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