Viewers were united in horror on Monday night when episode two of ITV drama Anne covered the fact that there had been 42 ambulances outside the stadium that were unable to reach the Hillsborough victims.
The drama follows campaigner Anne Williams (Maxine Peake), whose son Kevin was one of 97 people who died as a result of being crushed at Leppings Lane during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15 1989.
A scene showed a journalist for The Cook Report visiting Williams at her house to discuss making a true-to-life programme on the Hillsborough disaster and Williams’ fight for answers and justice.
During their conversation, as the campaigner shares that she has testimony that her son was still alive at a later point than claimed due to the police constable remembering a third ambulance passing, which the force denied at the time, he comments: ‘You do know that there were 42 ambulances banked up outside?’
As Williams shares her surprise at the news, he continues with: ‘The police wouldn’t let them through.’
Audience members took to Twitter to vent their outrage as they processed the information.
‘Why wouldn’t they let the ambulances through????’ asked one social media user, while another wrote: ‘Bit of an emotional wreck again tonight after watching episode 2 of #Anne on #ITV. Horrified to discover that the ambulances were there but not allowed in! Unbelievable and disgraceful.’
They added: ‘Thoughts with all of the #Hillsborough families.’
Another commented: ‘Forty two ambulances were told to wait outside the ground….FORTY TWO…this disaster should never have happened and could have been prevented…I am so glad they kept fighting for justice.’
‘Imagine being one of the 42 ambulance drivers sitting outside the ground, not allowed by the police to do what you’ve been trained for,’ one viewer wrote.
‘Then watching the footage afterwards of ordinary fans carrying bodies on advertising hoardings. You’d never get over it, the guilt.’
Another asked: ‘How was Anne NOT informed there were 42 ambulances outside the grounds – this is so long after Kevin’s death.’
‘Backed up ambulances that the police wouldn’t let through is just infuriating!’ added a frustrated audience member.
Others praised the drama for its ‘terrific cast’ with one posting: ‘I don’t mind saying more than a few tears were shed.’
Anne continues on Tuesday with all episodes available to watch on ITV Hub.
Credit: Original article published here.