Hillsborough families call for new inquests

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LAWYERS representing the families of those killed in the Hillsborough disaster will write to the Attorney General demanding new inquests.

The Hillsborough Families Support Group met over the weekend to discuss the next step in its campaign for justice for the 96 victims of the 1989 disaster.

Michael Mansfield QC and Lord Falconer spoke to the families via an internet videolink and were instructed to send letters out to ‘relevant parties,’ including the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions, to ‘ensure that the machinery of the justice system is put into motion and the families receive a fair hearing’.

The meeting was organised after an independent panel reviewed all the files on Hillsborough held by organisations for the last 23 years, which disclosed a police cover up in which blame was deflected away from South Yorkshire Police to the fans.

A Statement issued on behalf of the families said: “The findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel have finally vindicated the families in their 23-year struggle to establish the truth.

“However, after truth must come justice. We have spoken to our lawyers and taken initial advice.

“As the families have always believed and insisted, it was the actions and inaction of those in authority that caused the deaths at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989.

“The fans did not contribute to the tragedy. Any blame previously laid at their door has been shown to be part of a despicable conspiracy by those in authority to tarnish the reputations of the dead, the survivors of the disaster and the people of Liverpool. This conspiracy has been revealed for what it is; a bid to avoid accountability. Those responsible can avoid accountability no longer.”