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Hillsborough inquests to be heard before a jury

Liverpool fan sitting on the terraces at Hillsborough after the stadium disaster. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire

The inquests into the deaths of 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster will have a jury, the coroner has ruled.

Lord Justice Goldring announced the decision at a pre-inquest hearing in London.

The judge has already ruled that the inquests, to be held early next year, will take place in the North West.

Some families favoured London as a venue, but the judge has said it should be in the North West, though no location has been identified yet.

Britain's worst sporting disaster happened at Sheffield's Hillsborough stadium on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on the ground's Leppings Lane terrace.

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