A jury has concluded that 96 football fans were killed unlawfully at the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The jury also concluded that there were a series of errors which contributed to the disaster.
Andy Burnham (photo above), the Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Leigh, said:
“It exceeds anything that we could have expected. But it’s only what they deserve. This is justice for them. Their loved ones. Tonight, for the first time in 27 years, can rest in peace…
Now come accountability. Disgracefully, slurs have been thrown around in this courtroom about supporters of Liverpool football club. Disgracefully, the cover up has continued in this courtroom, Disgracefully, public money has been spent on those lies and putting these families through hell once again. I find that completely unacceptable. People must be held to account for their actions. Prosecutions must follow”.
Sue Hemming, Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division at the CPS said after the verdict:
“Following the inquest’s determinations the CPS team will continue to work closely with Operation Resolve and the IPCC as in due course, the CPS will formally consider whether any criminal charges should be brought against any individual or corporate body based upon all the available evidence, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
“We would ask that everyone is mindful of the continuing investigations and the potential for future criminal proceedings when reporting or publicly commenting on the inquest’s conclusions”.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said on Twitter:
“I would like to pay tribute to the extraordinary courage of Hillsborough campaigners in their long search for the truth”.