Hillsborough Inquiry - Families Press for Criminal Action

Posted: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:46

The BBC reports:

Hillsborough victims' families say they are to press for criminal action after a damning report on the disaster.

An independent report found some of the 96 dead might have been saved and said police had changed witness statements and tried to blame Liverpool fans.

Trevor Hicks, whose two daughters died in the 1989 stadium crush, said the state should now put right the wrongs.

South Yorkshire Chief Constable David Crompton said if officers had broken the law, they should be prosecuted.

David Cameron said Attorney General Dominic Grieve would review the report as quickly as possible in order to decide whether to apply to the High Court to order new inquests.

Speaking to the BBC's Newsnight, Mr Crompton said: "My position is a very simple and straightforward one, which is that if people have broken the law then they should be prosecuted.

"It doesn't make any difference whether they're a police officer or anybody else."

He added: "We will treat this with the utmost seriousness. And then if people have got serious questions to answer, we'll act appropriately."

'Outrageous conspiracy'

Mr Hicks said if the state did not start legal proceedings, the families would do it themselves.

"We have two eminent lawyers. They will take the long-term look," he told Newsnight.

"If I come back to David Cameron's statement [to MPs], he said quite categorically that the state had let us down.

"So we will give the state the opportunity to put that right. But if it looks as though they're not going to do that, then we will do as we've done before and we'll take it out of their hands."

Tags: Hillsborough, Football