Home Secretary calls for police officers to be prosecuted over Hillsborough disaster

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HOME Secretary Theresa May is calling for police officers who broke the law in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster to be prosecuted.

She said anyone involved in wrongdoing should be pursued and, if the evidence is sufficient, should end up in court.

The MP said she was still digesting the ‘deeply shocking and disturbing report’ produced by the independent panel set up to review all the files on Hillsborough that have been held by organisations for the last 23 years, after it revealed a police cover up.

But she said she was ‘absolutely clear’ that those who broke the law should be prosecuted.

Home Office officials have been asked to ensure the ‘necessary resource, support, advice and co-operation’ are in place ‘to facilitate any and all investigations into individual and systemic issues’, Mrs May said.

Mrs May said: “We are still digesting what is a comprehensive report into a complicated series of issues, as well as the various ways in which the report needs to be acted upon in order to move from truth to justice.

“That being said, I am absolutely clear that those who have broken the law should be pursued and, if the evidence is sufficient, prosecuted.

“Investigating individual criminality where there is new evidence or new allegations that have not previously been investigated, whether on the part of serving or retired police officers, is the remit of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

The Home Secretary made her comments in a letter to Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.

Her comments come after the publication of a report put together by an independent panel which reviewed all the files on Hillsborough held by over 80 organisations for the last 23 years.

It revealed a police cover up in which police officer statements were altered to try to conceal the truth.