Hills­bor­ough ver­dicts to be quashed

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THE At­tor­ney Gen­eral has paved the way for a fresh in­quest to be held into the deaths of 96 fans in the Hills­bor­ough dis­as­ter 23 years ago.

Do­minic Grieve QC said he will ap­ply to the High Court to have the ver­dicts of the orig­i­nal hear­ings quashed so new ones can be held.

The move comes af­ter a damn­ing re­port into the dis­as­ter laid bare a cover-up which at­tempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its vic­tims.

Mr Grieve said his con­sid­er­a­tion of the ev­i­dence was far from over, but he was tak­ing the ex­cep­tional step of in­di­cat­ing he must ap­ply for new in­quests to be held on the ba­sis of the ev­i­dence he’s al­ready read.

On April 15 1989, 96 Liver­pool sup­port­ers died in a crush at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Hills­bor­ough sta­dium – where their team were play­ing Not­ting­ham For­est in an FA Cup semi-fi­nal.

Mr Grieve added: “My con­sid­er­a­tion of the ev­i­dence is far from com­plete but, given the anx­i­ety fur­ther de­lay may cause the fam­i­lies af­fected by the dis­as­ter, I have de­cided to take an ex­cep­tional course and state at this stage that, on the ba­sis of what I have al­ready seen, I have de­ter­mined I must make an ap­pli­ca­tion to the court.” SOUTH York­shire Po­lice will take just two weeks to give the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion the names and ad­dresses of up to 1,000 of­fi­cers who were on duty on the day of the Hills­bor­ough dis­as­ter.

Chief Con­sta­ble David Cromp­ton told the Home Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee there were 100 serv­ing of­fi­cers who were on duty, sev­eral hun­dred re­tired of­fi­cers and a few hun­dred from other forces.

AT­TOR­NEY GEN­ERAL: Do­minic Grieve QC

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