South Yorkshire police officers to give Hillsborough evidence

Hundreds of South Yorkshire police officers will be legally required to give evidence about their involvement in the Hillsborough disaster after emergency legislation was approved this afternoon by MPs.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will be granted new powers to assist in their investigation into the police's role on the day of the tragedy which claimed the lives of 96 football fans.

This will include making it a legal requirement for serving officers to attend IPCC hearings if they are asked to do so. Previously they could refuse to attend. Minister of State for Police Damian Green MP spoke about it in the Commons.