South Yorkshire Police Re-Open Investigations Into Its Actions Around Hillsborough Disaster

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Considering an IPCC referral after evidence revealed in Hillsborough Files yesterday.

The South Yorkshire Police are reopening the investigations into its conduct over the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

This comes after the files released to the public yesterday revealed that officers had changed statements over the handling of the events and tried to put the blame on Liverpool fans for what happened.

The police force has also stated it is considering referring itself for investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in light of the damning evidence.

The disaster saw 96 Liverpool fans die as a result of overcrowding in the away stand in the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, Sheffield, on 15th April 1989.

Police bosses have now stated that charges should be brought about if laws were broken and, should a referral be made to the IPCC, the Committee, as is common practice, will be informed which specific officers it is to investigate.

Richard Wells, South Yorkshire Police Chief from 1990-98, has stated that charges are “absolutely essential” after the details came out yesterday and David Crompton, the current chief constable, has reiterated that prosecutions should be carried out if statements were falsified.

Following this a spokesman for the Home Office has said that any allegations of criminal misconduct should be investigated “swiftly and thoroughly” and that anyone found guilty of falsifying their statements, and so breaking the law, should be brought to justice.

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