Hillsborough legal bill row

Teresa May. PA
Teresa May. PA
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The Home Secretary has challenged the huge public bill being run-up by ex South Yorkshire Police officers involved in the new Hillsborough inquests.

Theresa May has told South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright, public funding of legal fees currently being paid on behalf of former chief superintendent David Duckenfield and seven other former senior officers needs to be reduced.

And she said the officers’ legal costs should be brought down to the same level as those of the victims’ families.

Mrs May also said she was planning to cap the amount of extra central funding provided to help the force pay a costs bill that has now topped £5.7million.

Mrs May also warned against creating an impression police officers are being treated more favourably than the families of the bereaved, who are having their legal costs at the new inquests met separately by the Home Office.

Her stance emerged in a letter to Mr Wright.

Mr Wright in response accused the Home Office of delays and lack of cooperation following a plea for extra money to pay the bill which has ‘impeded’ an efficient use of public resources.