Hillsborough verdicts to be quashed
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