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More than 100 police officers still to give witness accounts to Hillsborough Investigation

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More than 100 police officers and staff have still failed to give witness accounts to the IPCC as part of their investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.

64 are from South Yorkshire Police and 68 are from West Midlands Police. Some were unable to provide an account for reasons such as poor health; others have not responded to contact from the IPCC. There were also a number of individuals who couldn’t be traced.

Despite this, the IPCC say they remain on course to deliver a full file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service at the end of the year.

The IPCC also say they've recorded more than 4,000 witness accounts during the course of the investigation and around 1,200 of those are from police officers/staff.

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Hillsborough 96 Freedom of Entry scrolls will be on display today

The honour of Freedom of the City will be awarded posthumously to the 96 people who lost their lives at the Hillsborough disaster tomorrow.

The scrolls are being laid out at Liverpool Town Hall today where they will be on display until 5pm but the official ceremony where the 96 and Hillsborough campaigners will be honoured will be held tomorrow - Thursday September 22.

Taking place at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall, the families of the 96 will be invited to a special ceremony, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, together with Mayor Joe Anderson.

During the service they will receive a specially designed scroll and a unique medal with the name of their loved one inscribed on it.

Each of the recipients of the honour will be awarded with a scroll and inscribed medal. The medals and framed scrolls will be on public display as a powerful visual representation of the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

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Fight for 'Hillsborough Law' goes on

Despite a Commons defeat the Leigh MP and Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham has pledged to continue the fight for a 'Hillsborough Law'. If passed it would give parity of funding to bereaved families at inquests where police are involved. He told our Political Correspondent Alison Mackenzie that the "injustices dealt to families at Hillsborough should never be repeated" . He hopes the House of Lords will now back amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill before it becomes law.

Police force says sorry after Hillsborough image was used on force poster

The headquarters of Greater Manchester Police. Credit: Press Association.

A police force has apologised after an image from the Hillsborough disaster was used on a poster for an internal campaign.

The image was used by Greater Manchester Police advertising for ‘Super Recognisers’.

These are officers who who have a high ability to recognise individuals that they have previously seen, often years later, the force said.

GMP went on to say the poster was immediately recalled and the offending image was removed within 90 minutes of its initial circulation.

The Manchester Evening News reported the image showed fans being crushed with the caption “Can you pick out a face in a crowd”.

“We acted swiftly to remove the offending image and limit the distress caused, however, I recognise that the use of this image was obviously inappropriate and I am deeply sorry for the upset and offence that this has caused.

“The use of this image was not intended to offend but to demonstrate how ‘Super Recognisers’ can greatly assist on-going investigations."

– Assistant Chief Constable Robert Potts, Greater Manchester Police

Ninety six men, women and children died at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield on April 15, 1989.

It happened at an FA Cup semi final between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest.

Following a long campaign for justice by survivors and relatives of the dead, new inquests ruled in April that the victims were unlawfully killed.

Criminal investigations, including one by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, continue into the actions of police and other authorities on that day.

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