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Did cops "edit" Hillsborough footage?

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2374

Police video footage filmed during the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster “may have been edited” according to an audiovisual expert. Pete Weatherby QC reported the claim at a pre-inquest hearing in London last week. 

Coroner Lord Justice Goldring said he would consider Weatherby’s request for an audiovisual expert to give evidence to the inquest.

Some 96 Liverpool football fans died as a result of a crush at the Hillsborough stadium. An independent inquiry into the deaths exposed police failings and a cover-up following the disaster.

It said nearly 200 police statements were altered in the wake of the disaster.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the conduct of police following the disaster.  It has so far found that over 70 more statements may have been altered.

Seven former officers have refused to be interviewed by the IPCC.

Fresh inquests are set to begin on 31 March in Warrington.

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Tue 8 Oct 2013, 16:32 BST
Issue No. 2374
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