Hillsborough disaster: 96 victims WERE unlawfully killed

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THE Hillsborough disaster inquest has ruled that the 96 victims of the football tragedy were unlawfully killed.

The jury has also ruled that there was no behaviour by football supporters which caused or contributed to the disaster.

Relatives of the victims who died in the Hillsborough disaster outside the Hillsborough Inquest in Warrington. Photo Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Relatives of the victims who died in the Hillsborough disaster outside the Hillsborough Inquest in Warrington. Photo Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

After hearing more than two years of evidence, the jury of six women and three men have revealed their conclusions.

The inquests found the 96 football fans were unlawfully killed; fans were in no way to blame and that the police made major ommisions and errors in their planning for the FA Cup semi-final and their response to the disaster.

The verdicts have vindicated the Hillsborough families who have fought for justice for 27 years against South Yorkshire Police’s blaming of football supporters for the tragedy.

Emotional families at the inquest have reacted with cheers, applause and tears to the verdicts.

See tomorrow’s Lancashire Evening Post for a special report looking at the moving tales of Lancashire Hillsborough victims.