Prime minister David Cameron has apologised to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster and at last given official confirmation that Reds supporters did not cause the deaths.
The apology follows the release of thousands of previously unseen government files relating to the 1989 disaster. The documents were seen by the families this morning before being published.
The Prime Minister said: “The new evidence that we’re presented with today makes clear in my view that these families have suffered a double injustice: the injustice of the appalling events, the failure of the state to protect their loved ones, and the indefensible wait to get the truth, and then the injustice of the denigration of the deceased – that they were somehow at fault for their own deaths.
“So on behalf of the government, and indeed our country, I am profoundly sorry that this double injustice has been left uncorrected for so long.”
An independent report into the documents said that police tried to “impugn the reputations of the deceased” by checking their blood for alcohol and, in cases where 0% alcohol was found, checking to see if they had criminal records.
Mr Cameron said the report showed that Liverpool fans “were not the cause of the disaster”.
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