Theresa May says police should be tried over Hillsborough
Tuesday 18 September 2012
Police officers should be tried in court over their part in the Hillsborough disaster if evidence suggests they were to blame for some of the deaths, the Home Secretary has said.
Theresa May stated that she was "absolutely clear that those who have broken the law should be pursued and, if the evidence is sufficient, prosecuted" in light of the "deeply shocking and disturbing report" about the policing failures that led to 96 Liverpool fans being crushed to death in 1989.
She confirmed that the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been asked "to identify whether there are any other matters relating to any of the officers serving in South Yorkshire Police at the time that should be referred for investigation".
Ms May said that both serving and retired officers should be investigated, as 195 officers who were working at the stadium that day are still employed by South Yorkshire Police now.
Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said she was "heartened" by the news.
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more