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DPP decision in response to the Hillsborough report

12/10/2012

"Having read and considered the report published by the Hillsborough Independent Panel on 12 September 2012 and liaised with the Home Office and Independent Police Complaints Commission, I have concluded that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) should consider all the material now available in relation to the tragic events on 15 April 1989, including the material made available by the Independent Panel.

"The purpose of this exercise is to identify what the focus of any further criminal investigation should be in order for the CPS to determine whether there is now sufficient evidence to charge any individual or corporate body with any criminal offence. All potential offences that may have been committed and all potential defendants will be considered.

"In carrying out this exercise, the CPS will work closely with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

"Through the Right Reverend James Jones, the Bishop of Liverpool, I have today communicated my decision to the bereaved families and their representatives and indicated that, in conjunction with the IPCC, the CPS intends to keep them fully informed of developments and to take such views as they express into account."

Keir Starmer QC

Director of Public Prosecutions

12 October 2012

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