Hillsborough anger at new DPP

Hillsborough families have reacted with anger to the appointment of the new top prosecutor Alison Saunders.

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Hillsborough families' chair 'wants to meet' new DPP

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which represents the interests of around 70 affected families, has demanded to meet Ms Saunders to confirm if she "still holds the same opinions".

"I would like to meet her," she said. "I want to know does her opinion still stand to this day. If it does not still stand - what made her change her mind and why?

"It's an absolute disgrace she has been appointed as DPP - how is that justice for the 96?"

– Margaret Aspinall, Hillsborough Family Support Group

Kevin Williams' mother Anne campaigned for a fresh inquest into her son's death before she died from cancer in April, fighting against the coroner's findings that he died before the imposed 3.15pm cut-off.

Within documents compiled by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, a report from Ms Saunders concluded that on the "basis of the new evidence put forward" by Kevin's relatives "there is nothing which makes a fresh inquest necessary or in the interests of justice".


Hillsborough families condemn choice of new DPP as 'absolute disgrace.'

The new DPP Alison Saunders Credit: Crown Prosecution Service

Families of Hillsborough disaster victims have branded Alison Saunders' appointment as the country's top prosecutor as an absolute disgrace.'

Ms Saunders is to take over from Keir Starmer QC as Director of Public Prosecutions.

In 1996, as an Attorney General Office adviser to the Solicitor General, she rejected relatives' pleas for a fresh inquest into the death of Kevin Williams, one of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster on April 15, 1989.

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