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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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