Hillsborough disaster: Charges decision due

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Hillsborough Inquests

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Ninety-six football fans were fatally injured in a crush at Hillsborough stadium in 1989

A decision on whether individuals and organisations will face criminal charges over the Hillsborough disaster will be announced later.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will reveal its intentions at a meeting with victims’ relatives at 11:00 BST.

Ninety-six football fans were fatally injured in the 1989 stadium disaster.

Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son died, said: “Hopefully this is the journey to the end, completely, of Hillsborough.”

Last year, new inquests into the disaster in Sheffield concluded the fans had been unlawfully killed.

In January, files of evidence relating to 23 suspects were referred to the CPS to decide whether charges should be brought.

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Inquests into the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium concluded the fans had been unlawfully killed

Of these, 15 relate to the Operation Resolve investigation into the causes of the disaster, which unfolded at the start of an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989.

The other eight relate to an Independent Police Complaints Commission probe into the conduct of both South Yorkshire Police and West Midlands Police in the days and weeks afterwards.

Relatives have been invited to a private meeting in Warrington, where they will be informed of the decisions by Sue Hemming, head of the special crime and counter-terrorism division at the CPS.

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Liverpool fans gathered outside the turnstiles before the match on 15 April 1989

Mrs Aspinall, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said waiting for the decisions had been “a long, long struggle for everybody”.

She added: “We’ve got to wait with anticipation to see what happens.

“It is going to be a day of mixed emotions for the families and we have had so many of them.

“Whatever happens, I still think it will be a long road, but the families are determined to never give up.

“All we want is accountability, nothing more and nothing less.”

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The scene unfolding at the Leppings Lane terrace where Liverpool fans were standing

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