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HILLSBOROUGH: Trial collapses

 

The trial of three men, accused of perverting the course of justice following the Hillsborough disaster, has collapsed.

 

The judge has ruled there is no case to answer for Donald Denton, Alan Foster and Peter Metcalf. Steve Rotheram, Andy Burnham and Margaret Aspinall held an emotional press conference at Anfield.

Ex-Chief Superintendent Donald Denton, former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster and Peter Metcalf a solicitor who worked with South Yorkshire Police after the Hillsborough tragedy denied perverting the course of justice.

The judge presiding over their trial ruled the defendants had no case to answer. The decision is likely to end the final prosecution linked to the disaster, where 96 people died.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it was "right to bring the case" but they would not appeal the decision.

Andy Burnham is calling on the Government to back the so called Hillsborough Law. The legislation would require public authorities to have 'a duty of candour' in legal processes and match legal funding provided to bodies such as the police and fire brigade.

 


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