Hills­bor­ough charges

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

LON­DON: Pros­e­cu­tors yes­ter­day an­nounced crim­i­nal charges against six peo­ple, in­clud­ing ex-po­lice chiefs, over the 1989 Hills­bor­ough foot­ball sta­dium crush in which 96 fans died.

The vic­tims died in an over­crowded, fenced-in en­clo­sure at the Hills­bor­ough sta­dium in Sh­effield, north­ern Eng­land, dur­ing an FA Cup semi-fi­nal be­tween Liver­pool and Not­ting­ham For­est.

Po­lice first blamed the tragedy on drunken fans, an ex­pla­na­tion that was al­ways re­jected by the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims and the wider Liver­pool com­mu­nity. Rel­a­tives spent decades cam­paign­ing for jus­tice for the 96.

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