South Yorkshire Police is fully co-operating with the three separate investigations set up following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report in September 2012.
• The new inquests, due to begin on 31 March 2014
• The Investigation by the Independent Police Complaints commission into the actions of the police in the aftermath of the tragedy
• The investigation by former Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart into the cause of the tragedy and whether criminal charges should be brought in relation to it.
South Yorkshire Police is fully supporting all three processes, by making available the few officers who were on duty that day and who remain in the force to give their accounts to the IPCC, and by supporting and encouraging those retired or transferred to other forces to do the same.
The schedules for these interviews is not in our hands, but is being set by the IPCC itself.
We have made all the Hillsborough Disaster Archive available to the Hillsborough Independent Panel and to the IPCC. The IPCC now has possession of the archive, accessible by both the IPCC and John Stoddart’s investigation. In addition, South Yorkshire Police is undertaking further searches to find any other material that may assist with those investigations and the Coroner’s inquests. A number of pocket notebooks and other documents have been found, which may or may not contain relevant information.
We share the families’ desire for the IPCC and Jon Stoddart to undertake their enquiries thoroughly but as swiftly as possible.
We also very much hope that there will be no delay in the commencement of the fresh inquests, due to begin on March 31 2014, with which South Yorkshire Police will co-operate fully, honestly and compassionately.
Whilst we cannot and will not say anything that could compromise the work of the inquest jury, the IPCC or Jon Stoddart’s investigations, this site contains further information, news releases from the Force and information from the IPCC.
The Coroner has confirmed that a venue in Warrington has been identified for the inquest hearings next year. The exact premises will be confirmed in due course.
11.9.13 The latest IPPC newsletter has now been issued please click here to view
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7.6.13 The IPCC publishes its June 2013 newsletter including updates on document recovery, investigation work and recruitment.
5.6.13 At a pre-inquest hearing* in London, Lord Justice Goldring announces that the new Hillsborough inquests will commence on Monday 31 March 2014 and that a jury will be summoned. The submission of expert evidence is still being considered and a location in the North West of England has not yet been identified.
2.5.13 Lord Justice Goldring announces that the new Hillsborough inquests* will be held in the North West of England, with a precise location to be confirmed at a later date.
*Transcripts of the pre-inquest hearings are available on the Hillsborough Inquests website
On 12th September 2012, the Hillsborough Independent Panel published its report after examining thousands of documents relating to the Hillsborough Disaster. An online archive of over 450,000 pages from 85 contributors was also launched on 12th September to improve understanding about the Disaster.
These pages aim to provide updates following the publication of the Panel’s report, signposting to relevant information.