Football - Hillsborough police identified as 'suspects'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has identified 13 police officers – one of whom is still serving – as suspects in its Hillsborough investigation.

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Liverpool fans have kept the Hillsborough fight alive (Reuters)

The IPCC, which is investigating the police’s handling of the Hillsborough stadium disaster on April 15 1989, said “12 retired officers and one serving” were suspects, with “four also of interest to Operation Resolve”, the criminal investigation into the disaster.

Suspected offences include perverting the court of justice, misconduct in a public office, and manslaughter.

The IPCC added it would await confirmation from the pre-inquest hearing before adding further details, although Sky Sports News reported that 11 of the men had been questioned under caution.

The disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium saw 96 Liverpool supporters lose their lives after a crush during the FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest.

Police initially tried to blame hooligans - leaking false reports to the tabloid press - but the 1990 official inquiry blamed a failure of police control for the incident.

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The past few years have seen campaigners successfully obtain previously unreleased documents, which put further blame on the authorities and found evidence of police altering scores of statements.

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