Six people to be charged over 1989 Hillsborough tragedy

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Annual Remembrance of the Hillsborough disaster

THE Crown Prosecution Service in a private meeting with relatives of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster has confirmed that six people will be charged.

The police officer in charge of security at the FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool which saw the death of 96 Liverpool fans, former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield is to face 95 charges of manslaughter by gross negligence.

He cannot be charged with the manslaughter of one man who died four years after the tragedy and the High Court will have to agree to lift an order ‘protecting’ him after a failed private prosecution saw the jury dismissed after they were unable to reach a verdict.

In addition, five others will be charged with different offences mainly accused of telling lies and perverting the course of justice although a former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary, will be accused of breaching Health and Safety and Safety at Sports Ground legislation.

No corporate charges will be brought, but after all of these years, the Hillsborough Family Support Group and campaigners welcome the fact that there will finally be some form of accountability for those believed to have been either responsible for the tragedy or for covering it up.

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