Attorney General to apply for new Hillsborough inquests

The Attorney General has announced the original inquests into the deaths of the 96 Hillsborough victims should be quashed and new ones carried out.

Dominic Grieve QC said he will apply to the High Court to have the verdicts of the original hearing quashed so a new one can be held.

The move comes after a damning report into the disaster laid bare a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

Mr Grieve said his consideration of the evidence was far from over, but he was taking the exceptional step of indicating he must apply for new inquests to be held on the basis of the evidence he has already read.

In doing so, I should make it clear that further work will need to be done before any application can be made.

In particular, there was not one inquest but 96.

My current view is that I will apply to have every one of those 96 inquests quashed.

I believe that these deaths, arising as they do from a common chain of events, should all be considered afresh.

However, before reaching any final view on the scope of the application, I want to give the families affected the opportunity to make any representations in respect of the family member or members they lost.

– Dominic Grieve QC

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