Liverpool Bishop calls for Hillsborough Disaster records change

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THE Bishop of Liverpool has called for police and coroners’ records to be made subject of the Public Records Act.

The Rt Rev James Jones, said the current system under which they are not included ‘needed to be addressed’.

Under the Public Records Act, records held by Government departments are made public automatically after 30 years and can be accessed before then under the Freedom of Information Act unless classified as secret.

Mr Jones, who chaired the Hillsborough Independent Panel, said: “One of the things that needs to be addressed is how we archive and access police records and coroners’ records?

“Because these are not covered by the Public Records Act it means that they can’t be brought into the public domain in the way that other records are.”

The bishop said that he did not want to ‘minimise’ individual people’s responsibility’ for the 1989 disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

But he added that access to police and coroners’ records would help investigators ‘look at the systems’ in place at the time of the disaster as well.