Hillsborough inquests appeal ‘very soon’

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A BID to quash the original Hillsborough inquest verdicts could be made today, the Attorney General’s office has said.

The move comes after the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 tragedy in Sheffield campaigned to have the accidental death verdicts overturned.

The office of Dominic Grieve said he will make an application to quash the verdicts ‘very soon’ in the High Court, paving the way for new hearings.

The move comes after a damning report into the disaster 23 years ago laid bare a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said today: “We hope to be making an application very soon. It could be this afternoon.”

Mr Grieve announced in October he would make an application to the High Court for fresh inquests after commencing a review of the evidence.

Ninety-six Liverpool supporters died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium on Saturday, April 15, 1989, where their team were to meet Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final.

Anne Williams, whose son Kevin died in the disaster, wrote on Twitter: “Just received email the Attorney General is sending Kevin’s case to the divisional courts seeking a new inquest into his death.”

More than 105,000 people have signed an e-petition calling for a fresh inquest into Kevin’s death to be held swiftly, as his mother is suffering from cancer.