Pub bombings: Force's 'biggest failing'
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Birmingham pub bombings: West Midlands Police's 'biggest failing'

The chief constable of West Midlands Police, Dave Thompson, says "falsification of evidence" and the perpetrators of the Birmingham pub bombings not being caught is "biggest failing in the force's history".

Speaking after a coroner's decision to resume inquests into the deaths of 21 people more than 40 years after the attacks that claimed their lives, Mr Thompson said a lack of evidence meant the force was unable to find those responsible.

He said the focus of the coroner's investigation was whether there was anything West Midlands Police could have done to prevent "this terrible outrage".

"I support an open and transparent approach to examining that."

  • 01 Jun 2016