Relatives of the families of those killed in the 1974 Birmingham bombings met with West Midland Police today to discuss the possibility of a new inquiry into the death of their loved ones. The families were told there would be no new investigation, or proceedings.
Explaining the decision, Chief Constable Chris Sims said:
There have been questions over the years why certain individuals such as the people named by the media apparently never formed part of any investigation. I want to be open and transparent today and tell you that these men had been subject to investigation in the 1970s and the 1991-94 investigation.
There was insufficient evidence for proceedings against any person.
My professional judgement is that the 1991-94 investigation was carried out to a good standard.
Police have confirmed to ITV News Central that a device left in Birmingham on the night of the pub bombings has been lost.
After almost 40 years, one of the six men jailed for the Birmingham pub bombings revisited the prison they were held in during their trial.