RELATIVES of football fans who died after the Hillsborough disaster will find out next week what previously unseen files exist and what they contain.
Findings of an independent panel set up to examine the documents will be disclosed on Wednesday to relatives of the 96 men, women and children who died after the crush at Hillsborough Football Stadium in April 1989.
Families will be addressed during a briefing at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool at 8am before the panel’s report is made public and arrangements are made for the disclosure of the documents for public scrutiny.
Files from around 80 different organisations have been examined by the panel since it was set up in January 2012.
Its brief was to oversee the ‘full public disclosure’ of documentation relating to the disaster. Documents held by South Yorkshrie Police and the Government are among those victims’ families are most eager to see, in the hope that they will provide answers and help them establish exactly what happened and why.
A total of 96 fans died after they were crushed on the terraces at the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough in an FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
Police ordered gates to be opened at the stadium to prevent crushing outside when fans arrived late for the kick-off – but it led to overcrowding inside and horrific scenes in which there was a huge surge fans were surged and fans ended up trapped against the fencing used in the pens.
Relatives still grieving for their loss claim previous probes into the disaster, including an official inquiry and inquest, left questions unanswered.