Hillsborough verdicts overturned


    The original inquest verdicts of the Hillsborough disaster were today quashed by the High Court.

    Following the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report in September, Attorney General Dominic Grieve had made the decision to appeal against the accidental death verdicts given in 1990.

    The Independent Panel investigated thousands of previously unseen documents – revealing serious police misconduct and suggesting that up to 41 people could have survived had the emergency services reacted better.justicecourts-3712901[1]

    New inquests will now be arranged to deliver fresh verdicts on the events of that fateful afternoon, which are expected to be held in Doncaster.

    Ian Ayre, the club’s Managing Director, said: “On September 12, the world heard the real truth about what happened at Hillsborough which was a hugely significant and deeply emotional day for everyone.

    “Today, the High Court has quashed the original inquest verdicts which is another positive step forward for the families and survivors in their search for justice.

    “Everyone at Liverpool Football Club remains committed to supporting the fight for justice and we hope that every person affected by this can take some comfort from today’s announcement.”

    A new enquiry has also been ordered into the actions of the emergency services on the day, led by former Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart.

    Home Secretary Theresa May said: “The findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel were truly shocking, but while the families have now been given the truth, they have not yet received justice.

    “Jon Stoddart is a skilled and dedicated investigator who will bring a huge amount of policing experience to this demanding job.

    “I am giving the IPCC new powers to investigate police misconduct, but this investigation will ensure nobody with responsibility for fan safety at Hillsborough will escape scrutiny.

    “I am determined to see a swift and thorough response to the findings of the Hillsborough Panel to deliver justice for the 96 football fans who died and the families who have fought so hard on their behalf.”

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