Hillsborough mum and justice campaigner’s death

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One of the most prominent Hillsborough justice campaigners has died at the age of 62.

Anne Williams, who fought for a new inquest into her son Kevin’s death in the 1989 Sheffield football tragedy, had been suffering from cancer.

Kevin was one of 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of a crush during an FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium in 1989.

Mrs Williams made her last public appearance on Monday at the annual Hillsborough memorial service at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium.

At an inquest in 1991, jurors heard Kevin and 94 others were dead by 3.15pm – a verdict Mrs Williams never accepted.

She tracked down witnesses, one of whom suggested Kevin uttered the word ‘mum’ at about 4pm.

Her calls for a fresh inquest were rejected by attorney generals and the European Court of Human Rights.

However, following the publication of The Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report in November, which showed a cover-up by South Yorkshire Police, the verdicts were quashed and new inquests ordered.

Mrs Williams, who said she was ‘never going to give up’, travelled to the High Court in December to hear the ruling, despite being terminally ill.

A spokesman for Liverpool FC said the club was saddened to hear of her death.

Musician Peter Hooton, who campaigned with the Justice Tonight band on behalf of the families, said it was ‘very very sad news’ adding Anne was a ‘tireless campaigner’.