New Hillsborough inquests

The Attorney General has said he will apply to the High Court to obtain fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 fans at the Hillsborough football disaster.

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Hillsborough police accused of faking miners' strike evidence

South Yorkshire Police used fabricated evidence at the height of the miners' strike, according to a BBC documentary due to be broadcast tonight.

An Inside Out programme documentary has uncovered what appears to be evidence of collusion among the police force to change statements after the arrest of 95 miners during the so-called "Battle of Orgreave" in 1984. Former Solicitor General Vera Baird said:

You can’t get statements in the way they have been done here - by police officers from different forces involved in different arrests - and find such a degree of similarity between those statements without there being some degree of collusion.

John Mann MP is expected to make a call for an inquiry later today during the debate on the Hillsborough stadium disaster.


PM has made a 'huge difference' to Hillsborough campaign

Lord Falconer has said David Cameron has made a "huge difference" to the Hillsborough families' pursuit of justice.

"It is the failure of all previous governments that went before until the current Prime Minister responded so well in relation to the report that has made the difference," he said.

"So now you have a Government, led by a Prime Minister, saying, 'This is a huge injustice, let's sort it out' - and that makes a real difference."

Lord Falconer added that the Government's follow-up to that support is "absolutely critical".

DPP 'should lead' united Hillsborough probes

Lord Falconer, an adviser to the Hillsborough victims' families, has told the Home Affairs Select Committee that the Director of Public Prosecutions believes the two probes into the conduct of officers at Hillsborough should be united as a single investigation.

He said the families endorsed the director, Keir Starmer QC, as the person to "coordinate and drive forward" a combined investigation, with the DPP effectively leading the IPCC probe.


Hillsborough campaigners seek 'clarity' on investigations

Justice campaigner Sheila Coleman spoke to the Home Affairs Select Committee.

Sheila Coleman, a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, has said the families and survivors "seek clarity" into the latest investigations into the conduct of serving and retired officers during the disaster.

She said they want assurances that no-one else involved in previous investigations into Hillsborough is involved in the current investigations launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mrs Coleman also said she was "heartened" to hear the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police did not want its force to play any part in the investigation into the conduct of its officers during Hillsborough.

Families 'delighted Attorney General has moved so quickly'

Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks from the Hillsborough Family Support Group said they were "delighted" the Attorney General had announced he will apply to the High Court to quash the original inquest verdicts.

They said it was important that they had the same legal support afforded to the police officers, and they want the inquest to be held in Liverpool.

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