Good response to appeal over Hillsborough tragedy

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More than 1,000 people have responded to an appeal for witnesses to the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield – in two weeks.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is looking into possible police misconduct in the aftermath of the 1989 disaster, which claimed 96 lives, wants people who have never given accounts before to come forward.

It also wants to hear from those who gave statements to West Midlands Police, which carried out the first investigation into the incident, where Liverpool FC fans were crushed to death at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.

The IPCC has been contacted by people from as far away as Australia, America, Africa and across Europe.

An IPCC spokesman said: “On September 17, we launched a witness appeal.

“The appeal is calling for witnesses who were at Hillsborough and gave their accounts to West Midlands Police, who carried out the investigation in 1989, to come forward.

“The IPCC’s criminal investigation is examining police actions following the stadium disaster.

“This includes how West Midlands Police conducted its inquiries.

“It is known thousands of members of the public gave witness accounts to West Midlands Police, either in writing, via telephone or in face-to-face interviews.

“The IPCC knows that some people have never given their account of what happened to them at Hillsborough to any previous inquiry and those people are being encouraged to come forward.”