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Tributes paid to Hillsborough Independent Panel member Katy Jones, who has died aged 51

Katy Jones was a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel. Credit: Press Association.

An investigative journalist who helped compile the report which led to the new Hillsborough inquests has died.

Manchester-based television producer Katy Jones died suddenly aged 51.

Jones was an investigative journalist at Granada in the early 90s, where she produced more than 25 programmes for World in Action.

She was also the factual producer of Jimmy McGovern’s Hillsborough drama documentary, for which she won a BAFTA, and produced a number of other award-winning factual dramas.

In 2010, Jones was invited to be part of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, the body established to oversee the release of the documents relating to the 1989 disaster.

The new inquests began after the panel's release of previously unpublished papers relating to the disaster.

“Katy was a hugely talented programme maker and journalist – well known and respected across the industry.

"She was passionate about education and learning and her enthusiasm, energy and determination knew no bounds."

– Sinead Rocks, Head of BBC Learning, speaking to Prolific North

Liverpool remembers fans killed in Hillsborough disaster

Steven Gerrard led tributes today to the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

The Liverpool captain joined his Everton counterpart Phil Jagielka to release 96 balloons on the 26th anniversary of the tragedy.

Mr Gerrard's 10 year old cousin was the youngest of those who lost their lives.


Queen backs Grand National Hillsborough tribute

The Queen backs carnation tribute at Aintree Credit: PA

The Queen is backing a campaign for Grand National visitors to wear red carnations in honour of the people who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

The Aintree Festival starts today and is expected to attract more than a hundred and fifty- thousand people.

The carnation tribute to Hillsborough victims is the idea of Dave Hughes from Merseyside who says he's overwhelmed by the response. Dave, a lollipop man from Maghull, launched it less than a month ago in the hope that everyone heading to the three-day festival would wear a buttonhole in memory of those who died in the tragedy.

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