Birmingham Pub Bombings lawyers request delay for first inquest hearing

Pub Bombings lawyers have requested a delay in holding the first inquest hearing as legal aid has still not been secured.

Lawyers representing families of those killed in the Birmingham Pub Bombings have asked for the first inquest hearing next month to be postponed.

Funding for legal aid still hasn't been secured for the families of 8 of the victims being represented, and lawyers say they can no longer work for free.

Pub Bombings lawyers have requested a delay in holding the first inquest hearing Credit: PA

The first hearing on November 28th is due to set out the scope and process of the resumed inquests into the deaths of the 21 people killed in the 1974 attacks on the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs.

The same kind of legal aid Hillsborough campaigners received was denied to the Justice for the 21 campaign, who are still waiting for a decision on other public funding.

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West Midlands Police have set aside £1 million of public money to pay for the legal costs Credit: PA

KRW law has now written to the coroner His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC requesting a delay until the matter is resolved. An application with the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) for exceptional funding is pending - the last chance for the families of those killed to get public money.

Meanwhile West Midlands Police has already announced it has set aside £1 million of public money to pay for the legal costs of the inquests.

The law firm has also sent further letters to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd urging for a decision to be made, following weeks of mounting political pressure for the funding to be secured.

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