Police, council, football club and FA in manslaughter probe over Hillsborough

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South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield Council and the FA are all being investigated for possible gross negligence manslaughter over the Hillsborough disaster.

Jon Stoddart, a retired Chief Constable who is leading a probe into the Hillsborough disaster for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, has revealed four bodies are being in investigated for possible criminal culpability.

The probe into the disaster, in which 96 football fans died, was launched after an independent panel examined files held by organisations for over 20 years, which unearthed a cover-up in which police statements were altered.

He said: “We are exploring all liability, both public and individual. We are looking at unlawful killing; who is responsible for the deaths.”

“It is about the safety of the stadium, certification, the planning and preparation, the engineering and design that went into the Leppings Lane end.”