22 people identified as suspects in Hillsborough inquiry

A total of 22 people - including 12 retired and one serving police officer - have been identified as suspects in the police watchdog and criminal inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster.

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Twenty-two suspects in Hillsborough inquiries

Twenty-two people are now being investigated as suspect in separate Hillsborough inquiries. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Twenty-two people have now been identified as suspects by two ongoing investigations into the Hillsborough disaster, including some who were not police officers.

Yesterday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmed 13 retired or serving police officers were now being regarded as suspects as part of its inquiry into the aftermath of the 1989 tragedy in Sheffield.

Today, the IPCC said Operation Resolve - the wider criminal investigation into the disaster - has also identified 13 people "who fall within the suspect category".

It said six of these are retired police officers and seven worked for other, non-police organisations.

As the commission said four of those identified are being treated as suspects by both investigations, the total number of people being treated in this manner is now 22.

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