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Move to quash Hillsborough verdicts could be imminent

Dominic Grieve could make an application as early as this afternoon Photo: PA Images

An application to quash the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts could be made today, the Attorney General's office said.

Families of the 96 victims of the 1989 tragedy have campaigned to have the accidental death verdicts overturned.

The Government's senior law office Dominic Grieve will make an application to quash the verdicts "very soon" in the High Court, paving the way for new hearings.

The move comes after a damning report into the disaster 23 years ago laid bare a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said: "We hope to be making an application very soon. It could be this afternoon."

Mr Grieve announced in October he would make an application to the High Court for fresh inquests after commencing a review of the evidence.

Ninety-six Liverpool supporters died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989, where their team were to meet Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final.

Anne Williams, whose son Kevin died in the disaster, wrote on Twitter: "Just received e mail the Attorney General is sending kevins case to the divisional courts seeking a new inquest his death."

More than 105,000 people have signed an e-petition calling for a fresh inquest into Kevin Williams' death to be held swiftly as his mother is suffering from cancer.

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