Hillsborough Police Inquiry

The Home Secretary has announced a new police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster. The Attorney General is ask the High Court this morning to quash verdicts of accidental death for the 96 victims.

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Report: Details of the new Hillsborough police inquiry

The Home Secretary has announced a new police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.

The Liverpool Echo has published details of this new inquiry:

  • There will be a new police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster, Home Secretary Theresa May announced.
  • Former Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart will lead the new inquiry which will focus on the 96 deaths in 1989.
  • Mr Stoddart will work with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
  • Officers with any connection to the disaster cannot be appointed by Mr Stoddart.
  • In addition to the new investigation, a Liaison Board will be established which will bring together Hillsborough organisations seeking justice for the victims' families.

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Hillsborough families set off for the High Court

Fan pays tribute to the 96 victims of Hillsborough. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Families of the Hillsborough victims are on their way to London for a historic hearing at the High Court.

It is expected that judges will quash the original verdicts of accidental death.

The inquests incorrectly ruled that all 96 Liverpool fans were dead by 3.15pm.

The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC, is making the application to the High Court to overturn those verdicts.

The families met at Anfield stadium early this morning on their next step towards justice.

Liverpool Walton MP speaks ahead of Hillsborough High Court hearing

Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram Credit: Press Association

Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram has spoken about what tomorrow's Hillsborough High Court hearing will mean for the families of the 96:

“My hope is that the overwhelming evidence that was uncovered in the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report will be enough to emphatically prove that Hillsborough was not an accident.

“The wheels of justice turn slowly in Britain but they are beginning to gather momentum. This is just the beginning of a process that will see one of the greatest injustices in the last century, put right and those really responsible for Hillsborough held to account.

“We can only imagine the heartache and hope that the families must be feeling ahead of the hearing.

"Nothing will bring back their lost loved one, but finally they might get the chance to pick up the death certificates for their loved ones with an appropriate cause of death and move a little closer to achieving the ultimate goal of justice for the 96.”

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