Hundreds respond to Hillsborough appeal

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More than 500 people have come forward to make statements in an investigation into police conduct in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.

The witnesses responded to an appeal by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over the events of April 15, 1991, when Liverpool fans were crushed to death at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield.

IPCC Deputy Chairman Deborah Glass said: “We have had a very encouraging initial response. I would like to thank everyone who has responded so far and all those who helped spread the news, in particular supporter groups and Liverpool Football Club.

“We want to speak to as many people as possible, and I would urge people to contact us. We want to build the most comprehensive account there has ever been about the events of Hillsborough and we can only do that with the help of those who were there.

“This is not simply a search on Merseyside for witnesses – this is a national and international search for witnesses.

“We are investigating events from more than 24 years ago and, in that time, people have moved, sometimes overseas. We want to reach out to them. We want to ensure everyone has a voice in our investigation.”

The IPCC launched an inquiry into police actions following the disaster after an independent panel examined Hillsborough files held by organisations and revealed a cover-up in which police officer statements were altered to shift blame for the disaster from the police.