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Recovered notebooks could hold vital Hillsborough information

More than 90 police notebooks that could contain crucial information about the Hillsborough disaster have been recovered. They've been handed into South Yorkshire Police by retired and serving officers.

The force is the subject of the biggest ever inquiry into police conduct in the UK. The IPCC says it's already found evidence to suggest statements about the tragedy may have been changed.

Police told to search own buildings in Hillsborough probe

South Yorkshire police has been ordered to search all it's storerooms for notebooks which could provide crucial evidence of what happened on the day of the Hillsborough disaster which claimed 96 lives.

The Independent police complaints commission has revealed that one officer has admitted keeping a note of what happened in his pocketbook which was contrary to what he'd been told to do. The watchdog says it could be a significant new piece of evidence.

No notebooks have ever been looked at by any Hillsborough inquiry and the South Yorkshire force has been told to make a rigorous search of it's archives.


More Hillsborough statements may have been altered

Dozens more police officers may have had their statements documenting the Hillsborough disaster amended, it was revealed today.

Last year a report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel found that over a hundred official statements had been changed to remove or alter comments that were unfavourable to police.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which has launched a fresh investigation into the tragedy and its aftermath, has identified fifty-five more that may have been amended. The IPCC has also says it will soon begin interviewing officers whose statements were altered.


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Hillsborough families learn more about new inquests

Families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster have learnt more details about fresh inquests into their deaths.

Relatives travelled to London for a preliminary hearing with the judge who promised his hearings would try to expose "any culpable or discreditable conduct".

Our Correspondent Elaine Willcox has the latest...

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Location and timescale of new Hillsborough inquests debated

Michael Mansfield QC is representing the Hillsborough Family Support Group Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/PA

Michael Mansfield QC, who represents 71 families from the Hillsborough Family Support group, said any delay caused by letting other investigations conclude was "simply out of the question".

He urged the judge to fix a date around the second week of January 2014 for the full inquests' start.

Even if that date is not fixed, setting a date is key, he said, as it "concentrates the mind".

Mr Mansfield said the families he represents want the inquests to be held in London after long discussions about the location.

"What was of interest was a genuine desire to locate somewhere that was above any suggestion of bias particularly one way or the other," he said.

He added that there was "a legacy" arising from Hillsborough and football.

He said animosity and rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester meant the inquests should not be held 25 miles down the M62 motorway in Manchester as some people have suggested.

The barrister said one of the large rooms in Westminster's Central Hall would be ideal and had housed previous inquiries such as the Bloody Sunday hearing when it sat in London.

A live link-up with Liverpool could be set up for those who could not travel to the capital, he added.

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