South Yorkshire Police: "Thoughts are with Hillsborough families"

The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, Stephen Watson, has issued a statement following the CPS decision to bring criminal charges against former officers over the Hillsborough disaster.

Decisions concerning the bringing of criminal charges are rightly for the CPS. Given that criminal proceedings are now active, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further for fear of jeopardising this important process in any way. In all of this however, our thoughts are with the Hillsborough families as we reflect on the appalling tragedy that is Hillsborough with the loss of so many innocent lives.

South Yorkshire Chief Costable Stephen Watson

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said today's announcement represented another milestone in the long history of the Hillsborough investigations.

The start of criminal proceedings against these individuals will hopefully lead to a measure of closure for the family members who have experienced a long and traumatic process in their quest for justice and those officers who have lived under the shadow of the disaster for 28 years.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Sheffield Wednesday said the club had no comment to make.