South Yorkshire Police has said it would welcome an investigation into claims victims of the Hillsborough disaster were put under surveillance.
The force has refused to confirm or deny allegations the families were spied upon, but said it would welcome ‘the most forensic of independent scrutiny’.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “As a matter of policy, police forces never confirm or deny surveillance activity.
“However, South Yorkshire Police would unequivocally welcome the most forensic of independent scrutiny concerning allegations that its officers engaged in surveillance activity with regards to the Hillsborough families at any point since the disaster in 1989.”
The families of the disaster have officially complained to the IPCC about alleged police surveillance after the disaster.
Several families have expressed ‘concerns and suspicions’ they were spied on by the Metropolitan Police after the FA Cup semi-final tragedy.