Hillsborough disaster team works through list of possible witnesses

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Detectives investigating the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster are working their way through 1,695 responses to a witness appeal.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission asked for anyone who may be able to help the coroner determine what exactly happened on the day of the disaster, in which 96 football fans in 1989, to come forward.

It asked for anyone who gave a statement to West Midlands Police, which carried out the initial police inquiry into the disaster, to come forward, and 275 members of the public who had never had never before spoken to the authorities got in touch with the team.

The IPCC is now working through the new information provided to establish whether anyone has anything significant to add to what is already known.

Rachel Cerfontyne, Deputy Chairman of the IPCC, said: “We are then working to identify those who have significant information and to ensure any subsequent witness interviews are conducted in readiness for the inquests.

“Once our work to assist the inquest is complete we will return our focus to the original aim of the witness appeal, which was to find out about people’s experiences of dealing with West Midlands Police. That remains the focus for our independent investigation.”

Visit www.ipcc.gov.uk/Hillsborough-witness-appeal or call 0300 2000003.