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12th Jan 2017

Hillsborough: 23 individuals and groups could now face criminal charges over tragedy

The CPS will now make a decision

Tom Victor

The Crown Prosecution Service is poised to run the rule over 23 individuals and groups to determine whether criminal charges are to be brought with regard to the Hillsborough disaster.

Some 96 people were killed at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at the Sheffield ground, and friends and family of the Liverpool fans who lost their lives that day have had to wait more than two decades for anything approaching justice.

Last year’s inquest found that fan behaviour did not contribute to the deaths, and that the victims were unlawfully killed.

And now, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, the findings of the organisations behind the criminal probes into the tragedy have been passed to the CPS, though none of the 23 names in question have been made public.

The paper reports that it is likely to take between three and six months for the CPS to determine whether any of the individuals in question have a criminal case to answer.