Hillsborough disaster witnesses wanted

Mandatory Credit: Photo by TODAY / Rex Features (157284h)'Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster'Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster, Owlerton, Sheffield, Britain -  Apr 1989
Mandatory Credit: Photo by TODAY / Rex Features (157284h)'Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster'Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster, Owlerton, Sheffield, Britain - Apr 1989
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Investigators looking into possible police misconduct in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster are trying to trace every witness who ever gave a statement to officers.

They have established that around 12,000 statements were taken by police from West Midlands force, who carried out the first investigation into the disaster in 1989, which claimed the lives of 96 football fans.

But the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is carrying out the new probe into allegations that police statements were altered in a bid to cover up the truth, not only want to speak to all those witnesses again but others who have never yet given their account of what happened.

An IPCC spokeswoman said: “The IPCC is calling for witnesses to come forward to assist with its Hillsborough investigation – the biggest criminal inquiry into police conduct in the country’s history.

“Thousands of members of the public gave witness accounts either in writing, via telephone or in face-to-face interviews. We want to hear from these people.

“The IPCC also knows that some people have never given their account of what happened at Hillsborough to any previous inquiry. We want to give these people the opportunity now.

“We want to deliver the most comprehensive account of what happened at Hillsborough and its aftermath.

“We have dedicated teams in place to respond positively to your information.”