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Burnham: Inquest verdicts could be quashed "within days"

The original inquest verdicts of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster could be quashed "within days", MP Andy Burnham said last night.

The government's top lawyer has applied to the High Court for fresh inquests for the 96 Liverpool fans who died.

The original verdicts ruled that they had all died by 3.15pm.

In an interview on Granada Reports, MP Andy Burnham said: "We are looking at the prospect of the original verdict - accidental death - being struck from the official record within days.

The MP for Leigh, who has campaigned tirelessly to uncover the truth about the disaster added: "That is an incredible stride towards justice for the 96."

The 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 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.

Any new inquests, if they are granted, cannot be held until criminal prosecutions have taken place.

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