The inquests into the deaths of 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster are to be held in Warrington, the coroner announced.
Lord Justice Goldring has informed Hillsborough victims’ relatives of his decision to hold the inquests, due to start by March 31 next year, in the Cheshire town, with the precise location and venue to be provided ‘in due course’.
The coroner, who had already decided to hold the inquest in the North West, made the decision after hearing arguments at a preliminary hearing earlier this year in support of holding the hearing in either the North West or London.
Britain’s worst sporting disaster happened at Sheffield’s Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989, during Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on the ground’s Leppings Lane terrace.
Last December, accidental death verdicts from the original inquest in March 1991 were quashed.
The action was taken after the Hillsborough Independent Panel studied thousands of documents and reported there had been a huge cover-up of what happened at Hillsborough and its aftermath.
A split emerged between two campaign groups earlier with one side pushing for the inquiry to be held in the capital and the other calling for it to take place in the North West.
Some 71 families from the Hillsborough Family Support Group want the hearing in London, while a smaller group from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign asked for it to take place in the North West, outside Liverpool.