FAMILIES of victims of the Hillsborough disaster have welcomed news investigators will for the first time look at evidence from after 3.15pm on the day of the tragedy.
The original Hillsborough inquest coroner Dr Stefan Popper limited the case to a 3.15pm cut-off point in 1991 arguing all the victims had died by that time.
But the families have always maintained some were still breathing after 4pm on the day of the tragedy, when 96 Liverpool fans were killed at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground at the FA Cup semi-final versus Nottingham Forest.
Now the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which is studying previously unseen papers about the tragedy, will spend the next two years looking at millions of documents relating to the case from after the 3.15pm cut-off time.
“From the very start at the first inquest, the 3.15pm cut-off time affected everybody. We kept asking them to look at it, but they wouldn’t budge,” said Margaret Aspinall, of the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
“Now, they’ve promised to scrutinise every document, which is absolutely great news. Hopefully, we’ll finally get to the real truth of what happened at Hillsborough.”