Search after new tragedy material found in archive

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Police involved in the first Hillsborough disaster inquiry are searching their archives after finding old documents.

West Midlands Police, which examined South Yorkshire Police’s handling of the Sheffield disaster, said the documents, some of which are thought to be held on computer disks, have now been passed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The force said ‘recent unrelated searches’ of secure storage areas had ‘uncovered two items of material related to Hillsborough’ – prompting bosses to order a new search of the force’s storage facilities to look for any other documents.

Organisations were asked to disclose all files on the tragedy to an independent panel which, in its report last year, laid bare a police cover-up aimed at shifting blame for the 1989 tragedy from police to the football fans involved.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans were crushed to death in the tragedy at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium.