UPDATED: Investigations into Hillsborough crimes to be launched

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, will announce later today whether prosecutions can be brought forward in light of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report into the truth of the disaster.

Justice For the 96

The report blamed the police for failings on April 15th 1989, when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium.

The report also exposed an unprecendented cover up by the police, who attempted to switch blame onto the fans. This included 164 police statements being altered.

Families of the victims are keen for those responsible to face criminal charges.

In 1990, a decision was made that there was not enough evidence to bring about charges, but the new evidence should be enough to start proceedings.

UPDATE 11.36am: From BBC News:

The police watchdog and director of public prosecutions are to launch investigations into possible crimes committed in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, it is announced.

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