Families of the Birmingham pub bombings victims will not attend fresh inquests into their deaths, after a coroner ruled out naming alleged suspects in evidence
Justice4the21, the main campaign group representing many of the relatives, said in a statement issued just hours before the latest pre-inquest review that it will "no longer participate" after the issue of perpetrators was ruled out by a coroner.
In the statement, the group said its decision was based on the fact that material held by Devon and Cornwall Police, who reviewed the original criminal investigation, had not been disclosed to the families.
The relatives also made reference to a recent BBC interview with self-confessed IRA bomber Michael Hayes, saying "it remains unclear how the information provided by PIRA (Provisional IRA) bomb-maker Mick Hayes will be investigated and by who".
It said that, even if that material was disclosed, it would seek a judicial review of the coroner's ruling on the scope of future inquests.
The campaigners' statement concluded:
Justice4the21 have said they will be seeking crowd-funding to back their bid for a High Court review of the coroner's decision.
The latest in a series of pre-inquest hearings is set to start on Thursday morning, ahead of fresh inquests which are expected to start in September.
Lawyers for 10 of the bereaved families, KRW Law, said they had written to the coroner, Peter Thornton QC, on Tuesday, to request the latest hearing be vacated.
In a statement, it said: