Hillsborough inquest venue named

The coroner in charge of the new Hillsborough inquests has confirmed the Warrington venue for next year's hearings.

Last Updated: 15/10/13 at 17:48 Post Comment

The coroner in charge of the new Hillsborough inquests has confirmed the Warrington venue for next year's hearings.

Fresh inquests into the disaster will be held in an office building on a business park in the Cheshire town.

A spokesman for the coroner said: "Lord Justice Goldring has today confirmed that the venue for the hearings for the new Hillsborough inquests will be 305 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park, Warrington, Cheshire."

Further details will be made available in due course, the spokesman added.

The decision to hold the inquests in Warrington was welcomed by campaigners in September after the coroner spent months deciding upon the most convenient venue.

Having previously announced the North West as the preferred location, Chester, Crewe and Preston were finally discounted in favour of the Cheshire town.

Warrington is a 30-minute drive from Liverpool where many families will travel from next spring.

Also, both the current Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and Jon Stoddart criminal probes into the disaster have their headquarters in Warrington.

Fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans who died during or after the 1989 FA Cup semi-final will begin on March 31, 2014.

Earlier this month the coroner told a pre-inquest hearing he was "committed" to ensuring the inquests begin on time.

The disaster took place at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on 15 April 1989 when fans were crushed to death at the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The original inquest verdicts of accidental death were quashed in December, three months after the damning findings of Hillsborough Independent Panel report were released.

Two other inquiries are also taking place.

Operation Resolve, led by former Durham Chief Constable Stoddart, is investigating whether the fans were unlawfully killed, and the IPCC is investigating the conduct of police in the aftermath of the disaster.

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