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Hillsborough 'like horror movie'

Crowds at Hillsborough
Fans spilled on to the pitch to avoid the crush on the terraces

A woman who lost two teenage daughters at Hillsborough has described how the scenes of that day still haunt her, nearly 20 years on.

Ninety-six fans were killed at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium as Liverpool took on Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final in April 1989.

Jenni Hicks's daughters were crushed to death in a crowded section of terracing at the Leppings Lane end of the ground.

She said: "It was like watching a horror movie."

Mrs Hicks had gone to see the match with her daughters, Sarah, 19, and Victoria, 15, and her husband Trevor.

'Powerless to act'

The family had been allocated three standing tickets and one seated ticket.

Speaking to the BBC's Inside Out programme, she described what happened that day.

She said: "I would have been happier to have gone into the standing area with the girls. But they insisted I took the ticket with the seat so I was in the north stand.

"As the events unfolded I knew something wasn't right and I had to look on, powerless to act, not knowing what was happening to the three most important people in my life.

"I don't remember the players coming out or the game kicking off.

Jenni Hicks
Mrs Hicks visits the memorial at Liverpool FC every match day

"I started asking people who were around me if they could see any girls as I was looking for my daughters and Trevor.

"It was a horrible situation to find yourself in. It was like watching a horror movie."

Mrs Hicks, who lives in Liverpool, said the family had been looking forward to seeing the match.

She said: "We drove up to Sheffield that morning with two beautiful teenage girls in the back, laughing and joking about how we were going to win the game and planning for next week.

"And we drove back just me and Trevor with an empty car. It was indescribable really."

Eighteen months after the tragedy, Mrs Hicks and her husband separated.

She said: "I'm no longer a mum and no longer a wife".

Twenty years on, Mrs Hicks said she still goes to watch Liverpool, and her match day ritual always included a visit to the memorial at the ground's Shankly gates.

She said she would touch the names of her daughters carved into the marble before taking her seat in the Kop.

Her story was broadcast on BBC One's Inside Out in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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