Application for inquests into Hillsborough tragedy

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APPLICATIONS for new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster could be submitted as early as next month, the Attorney General has said.

Dominic Grieve QC told MPs: “My duty is to act in the public interest of all the victims of Hillsborough and I consider public interest requires a single application in relation to the inquests.

“I have made good progress on preparing an application to the High Court for new inquests and expect to make the application in December.”

Mr Grieve indicated he would apply to quash the original accidental death verdicts before finishing his review of the evidence to spare families the anxiety of further delay.

The move comes after a damning report into the disaster 23 years ago laid bare a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium in April 1989 when their team were due to play an FA Cup semi-final.

Mr Grieve said: “My application is to quash the existing inquest verdicts and, if that is the case, for the court to order a fresh inquest or inquests.

“Once I have carried out my task of presenting the case to the court, my function is in fact at an end and I obviously can’t predict the timescale it would then take for the fresh inquests to take place.”