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Hillsborough update - May 2017

Posted 12 May 2017 - 10:30am by Rachel Cerfontyne

This is the latest update on the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) Hillsborough investigation.

Since formally referring evidence files to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
in January this year and concluding the majority of criminal enquiries, we have been focussed on examining over 170 allegations of misconduct. These include complaints from Hillsborough family members and survivors of the disaster, and matters that have been identified during the course of the inquiry.

Investigative work on the complaints about police actions in the aftermath of the disaster is almost complete. We are now at a stage where the evidence gathered is being considered. These findings will be set out in individual investigation reports, which will form part of a more extensive final report containing comprehensive findings from both our independent and managed investigations.*We expect these to be published after any potential criminal proceedings have concluded.

The CPS has informed us that it will make charging decisions on the West Midlands Police (WMP) aspect of the IPCC investigation separately to the South Yorkshire Police (SYP) strand.

It has identified additional investigative work that needs to be completed on the WMP file before fully informed decisions can be made.

While the CPS has worked with the IPCC throughout the investigation, providing early advice on various aspects, the first opportunity it had to examine the entire evidence file was when we formally referred it in January. This contained material the CPS had not previously seen.*The additional work is well advanced and we expect to finish and submit this by the end of May.

It is important to note that the CPS intends to deliver all charging decisions on the SYP evidence file within its original six-month timeframe.

We informed families last month that we had passed a Hillsborough-related allegation about a retired SYP officer who was on duty at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final to Durham Constabulary. The force has since informed us that its enquiries are now on hold and will resume after the main CPS charging decisions have been made.

The disclosure team is making good progress and remains on track to provide material to the CPS within agreed deadlines. This process is being undertaken in line with legislation ahead of decisions on any potential prosecutions.
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