Hillsborough inquest venue

The Hillsborough inquest could now be held away from Sheffield after a change in the law. A change to the Coroners Act 1988 means inquests can be held at different locations in England and Wales, if it's in the best interest of family and witnesses.

Hillsborough inquest venue "important"

The Hillsborough inquest could now be held away from Sheffield after a change in the law. A change to the Coroners Act 1988 will mean inquests can be held at different locations in England and Wales, if it is in the best interest of the bereaved family and others, such as witnesses.

Hillsborough Family Support Group chairman Trevor Hicks said the venue of the inquest was "important" to the relatives of victims and has been discussed extensively.

Mr Hicks, who lost his two daughters, 19-year-old Sarah and 15-year-old Victoria, said:

We have been vociferously vocal in that we didn't want the inquest to be held in Sheffield. It's nothing against Sheffield, per se. But it didn't serve us well on the last occasion.

– Trevor Hicks, Hillsborough Family Support Group

Hillsborough inquiry could be held away from Sheffield

Coroners are no longer restricted to holding inquests within their own districts following a change in the law, meaning the forthcoming Hillsborough inquiry could be held anywhere in England and Wales.

Hillsborough victims' relatives have spoken out against the fresh inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans being held in Sheffield - site of the disaster and where the original overturned inquest was held.

But a change to the Coroners Act 1988 will mean inquests can be held at different locations in England and Wales, if it is in the best interest of the bereaved family and others, such as witnesses.

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