Breakthrough at Hillsborough panel

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The independent panel in charge of looking through documents from the day of the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 will now see evidence relating to what happened after 3.15pm, for the first time.

The panel are looking at previously-hidden documents to determine where responsibility lies for the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans on April 15th, 1989 in Sheffield.

Previosuly a cut-off point of 3.15pm that afternoon had been set by Dr Stefan popper in the inital 1991 inquest into the disaster.

However, with families feeling their loved ones could have been saved with proper medical assistance and attention after 3.15pm, the panel are now able to analyse all documents relating to the day.

The news comes as a massive breakthrough for campaigners fighting for justice.

Margaret Aspinall, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said, “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.

“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.”

The documents being scrutinised were hidden by the government until recently.

For more information on the Hillsborough Disaster, click here and please visit the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and Hillsborough Family Support Group.