Formal application to quash Hillsborough verdicts made

An application has been made to overturn the verdicts of the original Hillsborough inquest Photo: PA Images

A formal application to quash the verdicts of the original Hillsborough inquests has been made by the Government's top lawyer.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve said there was a "good" case for setting aside the accidental death verdicts and holding new hearings into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans killed in the 1989 football stadium disaster.

The move comes after a damning report into the tragedy revealed a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame on to the victims.

Mr Grieve will appear in person at the High Court to argue that new evidence means there should be fresh inquests.

He said: "I believe that the case for the High Court to quash the original inquests is a good one.

"My application has now been lodged with the Court. It is my intention to appear to argue the case at the hearing that will take place in the High Court."