Anne viewers were horrified by the blockage of 42 ambulances in Hillsborough

Viewers were particularly touched by this moment (Photo: ITV)

Viewers were united in horror on Monday night when episode two of the 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 activist Anne Williams (Maxine Peake), whose son Kevin was one of 97 who died of a crash at Leppings Lane during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on the 15th April 1989.

One scene showed a reporter from The Cook Report visiting Williams at her home to discuss creating a realistic program on the Hillsborough disaster and Williams’ fight for answers and justice.

During their conversation, as the activist shares that she has a testimony that her son was still alive at a later time than announced due to the police officer remembering the passing of a third ambulance, which the force denied at the time, he comments: “You know there were 42 ambulances outside?

As Williams shares his surprise at the news, he continues, “The police would not let them through.”

Members of the public took to Twitter to express their outrage as they processed the news.

Peake as Anne Williams, when she discovers the available ambulances (Photo: ITV)

‘Why don’t they let the ambulances pass ????’ one social media user asked, while another wrote: “Still a bit of emotional wreckage tonight after watching #Anne episode 2 on #ITV. Horrified to find the ambulances were there but not allowed in! Incredible and shameful.

They added: “Reflections with all the #Hillsborough families.”

Another commented: “Forty-two ambulances have been ordered to wait outside the ground… Forty-two… this disaster should never have happened and could have been avoided… I’m so glad that they continued to fight for justice. “

“Imagine being one of 42 ambulance drivers sitting off the ground, not allowed by police to do what you were trained to do,” one viewer wrote.

“Then look at the pictures of ordinary fans carrying bodies on billboards. You would never get over the guilt.

Maxine Peake in Anne

The Cook Report covered Anne Williams and the Hillsborough disaster, as featured in the ITV drama (Photo: ITV)
The real Anne Williams in 2012, died the following year of cancer (Photo: Getty Images)

Another asked: “How was Anne NOT informed that there were 42 ambulances outside the field – this is so long after Kevin died.”

“The backed-up ambulances that the police wouldn’t pass up on is just infuriating!” added a frustrated audience member.

Others praised the drama for its “terrific cast” with a post: “I don’t mind to say more than a few tears have been shed.”

Anne continues Tuesday with all the episodes available to watch on ITV Hub.

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