The families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster have today learned of the full, shocking extent of the police mishandling and attempted cover up which followed the tragedy.
A 400-page report compiled by the Hillsborough Independent Panel has revealed attempts to discredit fans from both police and politicians following the deaths on April 15 1989.
The report has also stated:
- South Yorkshire police disseminated false information to Conservative MP Irvine Patnick, a source for the subsequent infamous story from the Sun newspaper.
- 164 statements made by police in attendance that day were later doctored in order to suit a narrative which laid blame on supporters.
- Tests for blood alcohol level were performed on all of the 96 victims and, when those proved to be negligible, the criminal records of victims were sought.
- Dr. Stefan Popper, who presided over the original inquest into the deaths, had suggested that probe was unnecessary as the cause of death was already known - despite these being required by law.
- 31 of the victims still had heart and lung function after 3.15pm, the cut off point by which it was adjudged all victims had died in the original inquest.
Prime Minister David Cameron has since told the House of Commons that the matter has been handed to the Attorney General with a view to quashing the original inquest verdict of accidental death.
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