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New inquests to probe fans’ deaths

Posted by Warren Fyfe on March 31, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

Liverpool fan New inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans are expected to last up to a year

Fresh inquests are to begin later into the deaths of 96 men, women and children who lost their lives in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

The inquests were ordered in December 2012 when the High Court quashed the original accidental death verdicts which had stood for more than 20 years.

That decision followed new evidence about the tragedy revealed by the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

The inquests, being heard by a jury in Warrington, are set to last a year.

All the victims were Liverpool supporters watching their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground.

The hearing is being held in a purpose-built courtroom, the biggest in England and Wales, in an office building in Birchwood Park.

Unseen footage

Proceedings will begin with the selection of 11 jurors who are expected be sworn in on Tuesday.

Lord Justice Goldring, a Court of Appeal judge who is acting as coroner for the hearings, will open the hearing with a statement to the court.

Families of the victims will be invited to read out “background statements” – or what they are calling “pen portraits” – of their loved ones.

The hearing will then break for several weeks for lawyers to consider new pathological evidence into how each of the 96 died.

Over the course of the inquests, jurors are expected to hear evidence on themes including stadium safety, emergency planning, crowd management and the response of the emergency services.

The court will also be shown hitherto unseen BBC footage recorded on the day.

There are two separate inquiries running alongside the inquests.

Operation Resolve, led by former Chief Constable of Durham Jon Stoddart, is a criminal investigation into events leading up to the disaster, as well as the disaster itself.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into allegations of police misconduct arising from the aftermath of the tragedy.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-26783600#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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