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Report: Man wrongly accused in Hillsborough probe

A survivor of the Hillsborough disaster has accused West Midlands Police of unforgivable behaviour over the way they investigated the tragedy.

The force was called in after the disaster to look into how officers from South Yorkshire Police handled events on the day.

Nick Braley - who lived for a number of years in Staffordshire - came forward as a witness to help establish what had actually happened at the ground.

He says he was wrongly accused of being a political agitator who was anti-police as Keith Wilkinson reports.

West Midlands Police issued a full statement in light of the findings.

"Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of loved ones who died in the Hillsborough tragedy. West Midlands Police co-operated fully with the inquest and welcomed the transparency it brought. We sincerely hope it finally brings closure for the families affected by that terrible day."

– West Midlands Police


Hillsborough inquest to hear about victim from Cannock

David Birtle from Cannock died in the stadium disaster in 1989. Credit: ITV News Central

The inquest into the Hillsborough disaster is due to hear evidence about the death of David Birtle from Cannock,

Ninety six football fans died in a crush at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989. It was the worst stadium disaster in English sports history.

The inquest into the deaths of the Liverpool fans is taking place in a purpose built court in Warrington, and began in March 2014, after the results of the original inquests were quashed in December 2012.

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