Birmingham pub bombings: Families 'left in limbo'

Families of some of the Birmingham pub bombings victims said they feel "frustrated and disappointed" after their meeting with the Home Secretary for inquest funding.

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Birmingham pub bombings: Timeline of events

The wreckage left at The Tavern in the Town pub in Birmingham after a bomb exploded in an underground bar. Credit: PA

Timeline of events:

  • The bombings at the Tavern in the Town pub and the Mulberry Bush killed 21 people and injured more than 180
  • An investigation by West Midlands Police led to the Birmingham Six being wrongly jailed for the crime
  • Those men were freed in 1991 after their convictions were ruled unsafe by the Court of Appeal
  • In the 1970s, inquests were opened after the attacks
  • The process was overtaken by the criminal inquiry and the later convictions of the Birmingham Six, so the inquests were never resumed
  • The senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, Louise Hunt, revealed she had received a “significant” piece of new information at a previous hearing in May
  • Families of victims of the Birmingham pub bombings plan to meet the Home Secretary for public funding for their legal representation

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