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Birmingham pub bombing campaigners call for inquest

Campaigners for new inquests in to the Birmingham pub bombings have met with the Home Secretary Theresa May.

Twenty one people were killed when two bombs went off at pubs in Birmingham city centre in 1974.

Six people - later dubbed the Birmingham Six - were jailed a year later, but their convictions were quashed in 1991.

An inquest into the deaths closed without evidence being heard following the initial guilty verdicts.

Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine was one of those who died, met the home secretary on Wednesday along with other members of the Justice 4 the 21 campaign group.

She described the meeting as positive, but that it was "actions" that counted.

Lawyer Christopher Stanley, who accompanied the campaigners, said the meeting suggested the home secretary was taking the matter very seriously and that she had asked civil servants to look into a number of lines of inquiry.