New Hillsborough testimonials ‘will make a difference’

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Thousands of witnesses who gave statements to the police after the Hillsborough disaster are being urged to give their accounts again.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is examining police actions following the stadium disaster in Sheffield 1989, wants those who spoke to the West Midlands Police - the force which gathered evidence for an inquiry into the causes of the tragedy and the subsequent inquests - to describe their experiences.

The IPCC probe follows the publication of the independent panel report which laid bare a cover-up aimed at shifting blame for the disaster away from the police and on to the fans, where police statements were altered to distort the truth.

IPCC deputy chairman Deborah Glass said: “We want to speak to those people about their experiences of dealing with West Midlands Police.

“We also know some of you have never been able to give your account. This is your opportunity. I know this will be difficult for many of you.

“It will be difficult for you to recount these incredibly traumatic events. It will be difficult for you to put your trust in the establishment. But we need your help. And your help will make a difference.”

n Visit www.ipcc.gov.uk/Hillsborough-witness-appeal