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  1. #1 Default CPS Announcement Today on Question of Prosecutions over Hillsborough Tragedy 
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    The families are currently meeting with the CPS and being informed about whether anyone or any organisation will be prosecuted over the disaster.

    Liverpool Echo is running a live feed.

    Whatever the outcome, please beware that making comments which are libellous aren't allowed, nor are comments which might influence any prosecutions if there are to be any.

    As in previous stages of this long running investigation, please continue to temper your writing and be careful not to provoke any feelings of upset or anger. These forums count as the public arena. Thanks.
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    Finally .
    Disgrace this has taken this length of time .

    JFT 96.
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    David Conn's Report in the Guardian - just published

    Hillsborough disaster: six people, including two senior police officers, charged


    South Yorkshire police officer David Duckenfield charged with manslaughter over 1989 disaster.





    David Conn

    Wednesday 28 June 2017 11.28 BST First published on Wednesday 28 June 2017 11.25 BST


    Six people including two former senior police officers have been charged with criminal offences relating to the deaths of 96 people at the 1989 FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground and the alleged police cover-up which followed.

    David Duckenfield, the South Yorkshire police officer who was in command of the match, has been charged with manslaughter of 95 people – the 96th, Tony Bland, died four years later after his life support was switched off.


    Sir Norman Bettison, the former chief constable of Merseyside and West Yorkshire police, who was an inspector in the South Yorkshire police at the time of the disaster, has been charged with four counts of misconduct in a public office.


    Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday chief executive and officially designated safety officer for the Hillsborough stadium, has also been charged with breaching the teams of the ground’s safety certificate and failing to take reasonable care under the Health and Safety at Work Act.


    The three other men are all charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice, for the process by which statements made by South Yorkshire police officers on duty at Hillsborough were subsequently reviewed and changed.


    Donald Denton, the South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who operated in a senior role in that process, his deputy, chief inspector Alan Foster and the then South Yorkshire police solicitor, Peter Metcalf, have all been charged.



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    Families of those who died gathered at Parr Hall, a venue in Warrington, near Liverpool, to hear the news directly from representatives of the Crown Prosecution Service.


    The charges are the latest significant landmark in a 28-year campaign for accountability fought since the disaster by the families of the 96 people who died, survivors of the crush and the wider Liverpool and football supporting communities.


    Last April the jury, which heard new inquests into the deaths, determined following two years of evidence that the 96 people had been unlawfully killed, and that the conduct of Liverpool supporters who attended the match did not contribute to the dangerous situation.

    In January, the two new criminal investigations into the disaster and South Yorkshire police conduct afterwards announced that they had sent files of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service on 23 individuals and organisations.


    Fifteen of those 23 files related to the circumstances which led to the disaster itself on 15 April 1989, in which hundreds of people suffered injuries and trauma as well as the 96 people who were killed. The remaining eight files were sent by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, relating to their inquiry into the way the police compiled evidence and presented its case in public and to the subsequent legal procedures.


    The new inquests were ordered after the firstverdict in 1991 was quashed by the high court in December 2012, following a 21-year campaign by the families and a report in September 2012 by the Hillsborough Independent Panel.



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    The panel’s report prompted the new police criminal investigation, Operation Resolve, into the events at the semi-final, which led to the lethal crush, and by the IPCC into the alleged efforts by South Yorkshire police to cover up their own responsibility and pervert the course of justice.


    The criminal investigations, based in five floors of a Warrington office block, have cost a combined £100m over four-and-a-half years. The government has funded the costs of legal representation for the bereaved families, who struggled to fund their battle through the courts for 23 years before the panel’s report, facing police lawyers paid out of public funds.
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    duckenfield and bettison yipee.
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    All innocent until proven guilty remember. Stay of prosecution over Duckinfield from previous private prosecution has to be lifted first.
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    Statement On LFC Official Website


    CPS announces criminal charges in relation to Hillsborough


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    The Crown Prosecution Service today announced that six individuals will face criminal charges in relation to the Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath.


    Following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report in September 2012 and the subsequent quashing of the original inquest verdicts, investigations were launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Operation Resolve.

    The new inquests into the tragedy concluded in April 2016 with determinations of unlawful killing in the case of each and every one of the 96 victims of the events on April 15, 1989.

    In January this year, the IPCC and Operation Resolve referred files of evidence from their investigations to the CPS for consideration of possible offences.

    Today’s statement said…

    The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today (June 28) announced its charging decisions in relation to the Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath.

    Sue Hemming, Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, made the announcement to families of the deceased at a private meeting in Warrington this morning.

    She said: "Following our careful review of the evidence, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, I have decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offences.

    "Criminal proceedings have now commenced and the defendants have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

    Charges have been authorised against:
    •David Duckenfield, who was the Match Commander for South Yorkshire Police on the day of the disaster
    •Graham Henry Mackrell, who was Sheffield Wednesday Football Club's company secretary and safety officer at the time of the disaster in 1989
    •Peter Metcalf, the solicitor acting for the South Yorkshire Police during the Taylor Inquiry and the first inquests
    •Former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton of South Yorkshire Police
    •Former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster of South Yorkshire Police
    •Norman Bettison, a former officer with South Yorkshire Police and subsequently Chief Constable of Merseyside and West Yorkshire Police

    The decisions have also this morning been relayed to other interested parties, including the defendants and other suspects who were referred to the CPS by Operation Resolve and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

    For more information, visit the Crown Prosecution Service website here.
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