Birmingham pub bombings: Some relatives say they will not “beg” for Home Secretary support

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Some relatives of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombing say they will withdraw from new inquests into the deaths of their loved ones.

They say it's unless their plea for legal funding is approved by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

In a statement they say they will not “beg” for her support because she is fully aware of her “political, legal and moral duty”.

“We have been re-traumatised and there comes a point when this has to stop. We cannot, as next of kin, take any more."

Families speak to the media after fresh inquests announcement. Credit: PA Images

Nine families are still waiting for news on their funding bid, after what they described as a 'frustrating' meeting with Amber Rudd last week.

For more than 40 years, they've been trying to find out what happened when IRA bombers targetted Birmingham.

21 people were killed and 182 injured when bombs destroyed two city bars within yards of each other, The Tavern In The Town and The Mulberry Bush.

In June this year, Birmingham and Solihull Coroner Louise Hunt ruled that new inquests would examine the deaths.

It followed “significant” new information suggesting West Midlands Police missed two potential warnings of the bomb attacks.

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