Charges decision due over Hillsborough disaster

By Sam Cooper | 28/06/2017

Charges decision due over Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough stadium

A DECISION on whether individuals and organisations will face criminal charges over the Hillsborough disaster will be announced today (Wednesday).

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will reveal its intentions at a meeting with victims’ families at 11am.

A total of 96 football fans were fatally injured in the 1989 stadium disaster.

Last year, new inquests into the disaster concluded the fans had been unlawfully killed.

In January, files of evidence relating to 23 suspects were referred to the CPS to decide whether charges should be brought.

Of these, 15 relate to the Operation Resolve investigation into the causes of the disaster, which unfolded at the start of an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

The other eight relate to an Independent Police Complaints Commission probe into the conduct of both South Yorkshire Police and West Midlands Police in the days and weeks afterwards.

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