Son of Birmingham bomb victim tells ITV News about his need for justice

Inquests into the deaths of the Birmingham pub bomb victims were adjourned in 1974. Credit: PA

More than 40 years after the Birmingham pub bombings killed 21 people and injured 182 others, the grief of the families of the victims has not waned.

The loss of their loved ones has been compounded by the fact that inquests into their deaths were never completed.

Six men convicted for the attacks were released on appeal in 1991. No-one else has ever been arrested or charged in relation to the bombings.

Now the families will get to put forward their argument about why the inquests into their relatives' deaths should be reopened.

Paul Rowlands was just 11 years old when he lost his father John in the attack on the Mulberry Bush. Now he has spoken on camera for the first time to ITV News about how the passage of time has not dulled his need for answers.

Paul recalled hearing how the news about his father's death devastated his family: "My mother spiraled into depression and never really came to terms with it. My brother finds it very difficult to talk about. It feels like yesterday to me."

He also explained why an inquest is important to the families: "There's not enough reasons why not to hold an inquest, so that people can understand what happened and look at the whole picture.

"There's so much information out there, there's so many allegations out there. I just need to know the truth... I just want justice."