C/Supt Clive Wain

Page last updated Monday 25th March 2013 at 0940hrs

Clive Wain first came to uPSD’s attention when trawling through the stupendous Hillsborough Independent Panel report and searching the online archive for documents relating to Terry Wain. It is not a common name, so the eye was immediately drawn to it. After reading Clive Wain’s statement the reaction was one of shock and disbelief.

After the tragedy, South Yorkshire Police set up two internal teams to look at what had happened. C/Supt Don Denton led one of the groups, the other was headed by C/Supt Terry Wain. The version of events offered by the now infamous “Wain Report” was crucial in the public focus that fell on the fans’ behaviour. So were the quite extraordinary instructions to officers, soon after the match, not to complete duty statements and entries in their pocket notebooks.

Clive Wain’s witness account of 1st June 1989, written on plain paper, is we submit a direct result of those processes. A made-to-measure masterclass in how to propagate the South Yorkshire Police party line of drunken fans urinating, fighting, arriving ticketless and late, abusing police officers, getting in the way of police officers rescuing and resuscitating fans, charging a police cordon in an attempt to attack opposition fans. Wain’s account could well have been written up by reviled Kelvin McKenzie, creator and editor of the worst front page in newspaper history.

All this is, on the face of it, penned by Wain seven weeks after the disaster without any reference to contemporaneous notes or his police pocket book: Simply executed as a part of a pre-ordained and co-ordinated plan to besmirch the Liverpool fans and take the spotlight away from the catastrophic shortcomings of his own police force. It weaves in all the main allegations against the fans, in a quite creative way, and is not only totally discredited by the findings of the Taylor Inquiry and the HIP Report, it also places Wain in breach of Operational Orders in not directing what he alleges are ticketless and/or ‘drunken’ fans away from the ground. The Orders were very specific and highlighted again in pre-match briefings by the odious Ground Commander, David Duckenfield. No drunk fans would be admitted to Hillsborough football ground on 15th April 1989. Wain also fails to explain why with all this alleged criminality there were no arrests down the A61 Halifax Road, in the Wadsley Bridge area of Sheffield, that he patrolled before the game. (Wadsley Bridge station, where the fans’ special train arrived, is pictured top right). His timings/locations don’t seem to add up with other witness accounts, either, and our own specific observations on recent visits to the stadium highlight these shortcomings. Read one of those accounts here, from Pen 3 survivor Richard Greaves, which was tested on oath at the inquest into the deaths of the Liverpool supporters in October 2014.

In common with a number of other ‘manufactured’ accounts, Wain makes absolutely no criticism of any supervising officer in the mayhem he experienced outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles, in the tunnel under the West Stand, in the pens, or on the pitch. It will no doubt explain, in part, why he is a Norman Jettison-sponsored Chief Superintendent today.

In the interests of balance and fairness, Clive Wain must receive high praise for his actions (rather than his words) when he reached the caged pens and, subsequently, went out on the pitch at Hillsborough. He helped remove the dead bodies lying heaped near the front wall of the pens and then climbed through the peeled-back wire fencing to help with the dead and injured who were laid out on the pitch. Many South Yorkshire Police officers stood about and did nothing, some hampered the rescue attempts, others even pushed fans back into absolute hell inside those barbarically caged areas. Wain, seemingly, got stuck in and did his best in harrowing circumstances.

Our understanding is that Clive Wain was one of 1,444 serving, or former, South Yorkshire Police officers referred to the IPCC, in October 2012, as part of their investigation into the events surrounding Hillsborough. West Yorkshire Police deny that (standard dishonesty from them for which they will be called to account at a later date) and the IPCC refuse to comment (also par for the course). But readers can judge the worth of Wain’s account for themselves by reading the ‘witness statement’ that was typed up, verbatim, two weeks after Wain’s handwritten version was produced. (Hover and click here). It was not one of the 164 statements that South Yorkshire Police caused to be altered in pursuit of their ‘no-blame’ whitewash. There was simply no need. It was already exactly what they were looking for.

Apart from uPSD’s specific concerns that a false account was produced by Wain to fit the propaganda being peddled by his superiors, he has remained silent about his knowledge of the Force wide cover-up perpetrated, and then perpetuated, by South Yorkshire Police. He also appears to have been tangibly rewarded for that complicity by none other than Rogue Chief and Black Ops member, Sir Norman Bettison. Within months of Bettison curtailing his retirement, by returning to West Yorkshire Police in 2007, Wain is recruited as a DCI (with baggage as detailed below) from South Yorkshire. Within two years he had made the next step up the promotion ladder and by October 2011 was heading up a Regional Collaboration Group tackling cross-county organised and gang crime. It is also believed that Bettison and Wain may also have worked for Centrex, the police training organisation, at the same time. Bettison had retired from Merseyside Police (and the police service) in 2005 to take up a post as Chief Executive of Centrex. He left Centrex after less than two years to return to orchestrate the huge Operation Douglas cover-up at West Yorkshire Police. He was the single candidate for the job.

A meteoric rise for someone like Clive Wain, who had only achieved three promotions in eighteen years and had left South Yorkshire Police having received extensive adverse, and nationwide, publicity following the arrest of a grieving mother, Claire Humberstone, which involved the injudicious use of riot vans, officers armed with pepper spray and police dogs. (Read more here). Claire’s 10 year old son Dante, a chronic asthma sufferer , was found by pathologist Dr Martha Cohen to have died as a result of that condition. Coroner Christopher Dorries recorded a verdict of death from natural causes. Wain had very publicly arrested Claire on suspicion of the manslaughter of her own son.

Wain was a frequent attender of West Yorkshire Police Authority meetings with Bettison, which might explain why that now discredited (and defunct) body was keen to mislead over whether Wain had, in fact, been employed by South Yorkshire Police at the time of the Hillsborough Disaster. As a Bettison ‘project’ he would have enjoyed protected status. The quid pro quo being Wain’s continued silence on the Hillsborough cover-up and complicity with Bettison’s stance that he was not involved involved, with another man called Wain, in besmirching the name of the Liverpool fans who died in the tragedy. It has, however, been established beyond doubt that Clive Wain is not Terry Wain’s son, as believed at one time by uPSD.

More recently, and particularly since June 2014 when he replaced the discredited Andy Brennan as Head of PSD, Clive Wain has revealed what an incompetent and corrupt officer he is. In a scenario where many thought it was impossible for matters in West Yorkshire’s PSD to get worse, Wain has achieved it with something to spare. It was a house of horrors before he took over but the level of deceit, lawlessness and incompetence has plumbed even greater depths. His arrogant, condescending demeanour endears him to no-one and his willingness to ignore lawful processes and procure plainly false investigation and appeal outcomes, on an industrial scale, simply beggars belief. Wain is the type of crook that has brought the reputation of the police service to it’s knees and needs rooting out and prosecuting in a court of law as an example to others both in his own decrepit force, and the wider police service.