Hillsborough police search

West Midlands Police is carrying out a detailed search of its archives for material relating to the Hillsborough disaster. The force investigated the tragedy, in which 93 Liverpool fans died.

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'No stone unturned' in Hillsborough police search

West Midlands Police investigated South Yorkshire Police's handing of the disaster Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police says it will leave "no stone unturned" as it looks in its archives for material related to the Hillsborough disaster.

96 Liverpool fans died during their team's FA cup semi final 23 years ago.

An independent report last year said the Midlands force knew statements had been changed to protect senior officers in South Yorkshires from criticism.

Storage areas at Lloyd House are among the locations being searched Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

West Midlands Police Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson, said:

"We are committed to the IPCC’s Hillsborough investigation and supporting the coroner’s inquest into the disaster which is scheduled for early 2014.

"We have no reason to believe West Midlands Police holds any more Hillsborough related material but, due to the recent finds, we want to be able to assert this with the highest degree of confidence to the inquest coroner."

Police statement on Hillsborough investigation

I welcome today's decision by the IPCC to look into the role of West Midlands Police following the tragedy at Hillsborough in 1989.

As Chief Constable I read the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report and immediately referred West Midlands Police to the IPCC.

Today, the IPCC have accepted that referral and West Midlands Police will give their full support to the IPCC investigation.

– Chief Constable Chris Sims



West Midlands Police issue statement on Hillsborough disaster

West Midlands Police have issue a statement in response to the report into the Hillsborough disaster.

WMP supported the independent panel's disclosure of information. West Midlands Police will consider and review the content of the Independent Panel's report. As a force we will respond positively to any action arising from the panel's findings.

– Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Cann

The report can be read here.

Hillsborough government papers to be released shortly

Government papers which have been kept private since the deaths of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough will be released today.

Liverpool were playing Nottingham Forest on 15th April 1989 when 96 fans died during a crush on the overcrowded terraces of Sheffield Wednesday's ground.

The documents will be made public for the first time, alongside a report from the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

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