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.

We cannot effectively participate in this process without legal representation and our legal team cannot continue to act pro bono – that is not sustainable. It will be devastating if we are forced to withdraw ourselves from the resumed inquest, confronted with the resources available to the West Midlands Police and other parties. It will be not in the interests of justice if we request an adjournment indefinitely pending our quest for funding. This is our last opportunity for an independent investigation into the deaths of our loved ones. We ask her to make a decision and to make that decision not just for us, but also for the memory of those we lost in the Birmingham Pub Bombings, and our community.

Statement from some of the families

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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