Criminal investigators ‘preparing most detailed report ever’ into Hillsborough disaster

Rachel Cerfontyne is leading the IPCC's Hillsborough investigation. Picture: Gareth Jones
Rachel Cerfontyne is leading the IPCC's Hillsborough investigation. Picture: Gareth Jones
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Criminal investigators examining Hillsborough are to publish a report that will be ‘the most detailed accounts of the events surrounding the disaster ever produced’.

An independent criminal investigation into the events of the disaster is running parallel to an IPCC probe into an alleged police cover-up blaming supporters, with both investigations expected to conclude by the turn of the year ahead of the CPS deciding whether to press charges against organisations and individuals.

Rachel Cerfontyne, deputy chairman of the IPCC, said work is now under way into the production of a report that will be made public at the end of any criminal proceedings.

She said: “Both investigations are also working on the production of an investigation report giving what we believe will be the most detailed account of the events surrounding the Hillsborough disaster that has ever been produced.”

The IPCC’s investigation into the police response to the Hillsborough disaster is examining potential criminal offences including conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, perverting the course of justice, perjury and misconduct in public office.

The parallel Operation Resolve probe - which has former high-ranking police officers and city organisations including South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield Council under investigation - is focused on the planning and preparation for the match and the day of the disaster.

Offences under investigation by Operation Resolve include gross negligence manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, perverting the court of justice and potential breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Safety at a Sports Ground Act.

The CPS are expected to make charging decisions by summer 2017.