Hillsborough families see original inquest verdicts quashed

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The original flawed inquest verdicts in to the deaths of those who were killed at Hillsborough has been quashed.

Hillsborough Vigil at St George's Hall

Hillsborough Vigil at St George's Hall following the release of the panel's report

Following the release of the report of the Independent Panel in September, the Attorney General began the legal process that today led to the High Court quashing  the original verdicts.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said there had been 'deliberate misinformation surrounding the disaster'.

"There has been a profound and palpable belief that justice had not been done - it is clear there are sound grounds for this application

"The court wants to record our admiration and respect [to the families] for their determined search for the truth about the disaster and why and how it had occurred, which - despite disappointments and setbacks - has continued for nearly quarter of a century."

It is hoped that new inquests can be arranged early in the New Year.

Family members of the Hillsborough victims were in court to hear the decision.

In separate developments the Home Secretary announced there would be a new police inquiry in to the events at Hillsborough.  This would be led by the former Chief Constable of Durham, Jon Stoddart.

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