Theresa May says police should be tried over Hillsborough


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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.