Six People Facing Criminal Charges Over Hillsborough Disaster

Six People Facing Criminal Charges Over Hillsborough Disaster

Criminal charges have been brought against six individuals in relation to the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, including two former senior police officers. The criminal offences come 28 years after the 1988–89 FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, which saw 96 people killed in a fatal stadium crush.

Mr David Duckenfield who was match commander at the game, faces 95 charges of manslaughter by gross negligence. Five other senior figures face criminal charges, including misconduct in public office, acts with intent to pervert the course of justice, and health and safety breaches.

In April 2016, an inquest jury concluded the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives were unlawfully killed. The new inquest into the disaster found that the supporters were not responsible for the situation that occurred at the Leppings Lane turnstiles.

The defendants will appear at Warrington Magistrates' Court in August, with the exception of Duckenfield who will not appear at this stage for legal reasons.

The full BBC article can be found here.

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