Police forces told to search for files

Rachel Cerfontyne
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Home Secretary Theresa May has written to all police forces across the country asking them to check for any documents they may have relating to the Hillsborough disaster

She wrote to them ahead of new inquests due to be held into the deaths of 96 football fans who died at an FA Cup semi-final held at Hillsborough in 1989.

Rachel Cerfontyne, deputy chairman of The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is looking at possible police misconduct in the aftermath of the disaster, said: “We will obviously work hard to ensure any documents produced as a result of this request which are of relevance to the inquest are supplied to the coroner’s team.”

She said three families have filed complaints alleging that they were the subject of police surveillance following the disaster.

Ms Cerfontyne added: “We are assessing these and will be speaking with those who have contacted us to determine if there is any more information available.

“We believe the Home Secretary’s letter may also assist in identifying whether any documentation relating to surveillance exists.

“We hope this will help us in determining the next steps to take.”