Hillsborough investigation launched

The Department of Public Prosecutions has said it will launch the biggest ever investigation into the police in legal history over the Hillsborough Disaster.

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Bishop of Liverpool calls for investigations into "systems as well as people"

The chairman of the Independent Panel looking into the Hillsborough tragedy has called for investigations into "systems as well as people".

The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones, said it "needed to be addressed" that police and coroners' records do not come under the provisions of the Public Records Act.

A series of reviews have been ordered into the actions of police officers involved in the Hillsborough inquiry following the disaster in April 1989 which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool supporters.

The Bishop said there was "not a family in Liverpool" which has not been affected by the disaster.

Because these are not covered by the Public Records Act it means that they can't be brought into the public domain in the way that other public records are.

I don't want to minimise people's responsibility but we also need to look at the systems as well.

I hope that the legacy of the panel's work will be justice and that the 96 will be able to rest in peace," he added.

I pray too that as we experience justice for those we love, we as a city might champion justice for others in the world today.

– The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones

May backs calls for Hillsborough prosecutions

Home Secretary Theresa May Credit: PA

Police officers or anyone else who broke the law in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster should be pursued and, if the evidence is sufficient, prosecuted, the Home Secretary has said.

Theresa May said she was still digesting the "deeply shocking and disturbing report" but was "absolutely clear" that those who broke the law should be prosecuted.

Home Office officials have been asked to ensure the "necessary resource, support, advice and co-operation" are in place "to facilitate any and all investigations into individual and systemic issues", Mrs May said.

The Hillsborough Families Support Group (HFSG) met at Anfield on Sunday to discuss the next step in its campaign for justice for the 96 victims of the 1989 disaster

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