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  1. Lawyers for Hillsborough families pursue High Court misconduct action against South Yorkshire and West Midlands police forces
  2. Retired police officers who served in South Yorkshire in the 1980s are told to be "proud" of their work
  3. Calls for South Yorkshire Police's chief constable to be sacked after his suspension over Hillsborough
  4. Some Hillsborough families call for prosecutions to follow from the inquests findings
  5. Updates on Thursday 28 April

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By Jenny Coleman

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Weather: Rainy and snowy night ahead

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Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

Outbreaks of rain and hill snow will continue through the night, though with some drier interludes also. 

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It will feel chilly, with temperatures in low single figures.  

Friday will be unsettled with outbreaks of rain and hill snow but conditions will slowly improve later.

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Coming up: More on the Hillsborough families' legal action

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Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On tonight's programme we'll bring you the latest on the legal action by some Hillsborough families against two police forces. We'll look at the race to be Liverpool's elected mayor and we'll find out the latest about that stubborn Seaforth tower.

Join us from 18:30 on BBC One in the North West.

Join us at 18:30.

Wirral invites tributes to Hillsborough campaigners

Books of commemoration have opened at Wallasey and Birkenhead town halls to allow people to record their comments in the wake of the conclusion of the Hillsborough inquests.

People have until 13 May to write their thoughts before the books are handed over to Liverpool City Council to hand over to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Documentary to show previously unseen Hillsborough footage

A BBC Two documentary featuring previously unseen footage is to be broadcast on Sunday 8 May at 21:00.

The two-hour film Hillsborough tells the story through the experiences of those directly involved: fans, survivors, families and police with many speaking publicly for the first time.

Hillsborough sister calls for prosecutions following inquests

Louise Brookes, who lost her 26-year old brother Andrew at Hillsborough, says she wants prosecutions to follow on from the inquests.

"The minority of the police officers did help but the majority of the officers on duty that day were too busy holding hands across the football pitch. Some of them were actually looking in the pens and literally turned away. Some of them were pushing people back in the pens but not only that, they then carried on by lying, covering up, trying to blame our 96 and the survivors then accusing us, the families and the campaigners of actually lying. Now, as we know there have been statements edited, amended and I just think it's absolutely disgraceful.

Louise Brookes
Louise Brookes

Liverpool's Duckinfield Street given unofficial new name overnight

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool’s Duckinfield Street has been given an unofficial new name overnight in light of the Hillsborough inquest jury's conclusions.

Match Commander Ch Supt David Duckenfield's actions on the day of the disaster were criticised in the conclusions.

Families won 'iconic victory' in Hillsborough inquests

A lawyer representing one group of Hillsborough victim families has said they are still in the "middle of their struggle" for truth and justice.

Pete Weatherby QC, who acts on behalf of 22 families, said: "This is a struggle by bereaved families, victims, for truth and justice and the end to impunity.

"And right in the middle they have had a famous, iconic victory in the inquests."

Police 'kidding themselves' over Hillsborough

Barry Devonside, whose 18-year-old son Christopher died at Hillsborough, believes only a handful of police officers did a good job on the day of the tragedy.

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He was responding to message, posted on a website for South Yorkshire Police's retired officers, which said they had served dedicated and courageous careers.

Mr Devonside said: "I saw police officers endeavouring to give mouth-to-mouth or CPR and those people were excellent. The sad thing is there were only a few, maybe on two hands you could count them. There were over 200 police officers walking around that pitch aimlessly. No direction, no leadership."

Rick Naylor, Secretary of South Yorkshire Narpo (National Association of Retired Police Officers) said in the post, later removed, that officers should be proud on their work but Mr Devonside responded: "He's kidding himself."

Key Hillsborough drama to be shown again

A television drama-documentary which raised new questions in 1996 about the Hillsborough disaster is to be reshown on Sunday evening at 22:20, ITV has said.

Hillsborough by Jimmy McGovern
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Hillsborough, by award-winning Liverpool writer Jimmy McGovern, starred Christopher Eccleston and Ricky Tomlinson.

Boris Johnson repeats his apology for Hillsborough slurs

Liverpool Echo

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has apologised for the Hillsborough slurs printed in The Spectator magazine while he was editor.  

Hillsborough families' civil action is about 'justice not money', says QC

Pete Weatherby QC, who represents 22 of the Hillsborough families, believes the civil action being pursued is about justice rather than being financially motivated..

He said: "One shouldn't read too much into this. There are a number of reasons to take civil claims.

"Of the families that I represent, there is nothing further from their minds at the moment than the pursuit of money."

Football: Liverpool's tough test at Villarreal

BBC Sport

Football Daily previews Liverpool's tough trip to Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final tonight.

BBC Football Daily: Liverpool's tough challenge & the making of Vardy

Football: Villarreal fans to display Hillsborough tribute banner at tonight's Europa League game

It is a huge night for Liverpool this evening as they face Villareal in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League in Spain.  

Before the game, a banner will be held up by Villarreal fans paying tribute to the 96 who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster. It will have the motto You'll Never Walk Alone.

Hillsborough reaction: Latest headlines

Today's key developments:  

Hillsborough inquests: Why did The Sun's Wednesday front page upset people?

Amelia Butterly

BBC Newsbeat reporter

Speculation about Rita Ora's love life and a report on the use of WhatsApp by David Cameron's team featured on the front page of The Sun on Wednesday. 

But the vast majority of the other national newspapers all lead with the same, very different story. BBC Newsbeat's Amelia Butterly reports.

Hillsborough families

South Yorkshire Police needs 'radical reform'

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says South Yorkshire Police needs major restructuring.

Nick Clegg

The ex-Lib Dem leader, who represents Sheffield Hallam, was responding to the suspension of the force's chief constable in the wake of the Hillsborough inquests conclusion.

He said: "I mean there's something gone very, very, very wrong. I'm afraid this is a part and parcel of a wider pattern of a force that simply doesn't seem to have done its job on all sorts of fronts."

Mr Clegg added: "So radical reform is necessary in the South Yorkshire force."

Kier Starmer: 'There needs to be full accountability'

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Kier Starmer, the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras who was the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Head of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2008 to 2013, says "it's appalling that police officers can retire and then not be subject to disciplinary proceedings".

Speaking after the Hillsborough inquests conclusions Mr Starmer said: "It has taken 27 years for the truth to come out and it cannot be right that anybody with culpability now escapes accountability.

"We've had truth, we've had justice... there now needs to be accountability".

Former DPP: 'Anyone with culpability for Hillsborough must be held accountable'.

Legal fight 'not about money' says solicitor for some Hillsborough families

A lawyer representing 22 of the Hillsborough families has said the legal fight is about "truth and justice, not money".

Pete Weatherby QC, whose clients are not part of the legal action announced earlier against the South Yorkshire and West Midlands police forces, said civil courts are one course of action open to the families.

Hillsborough lawyer responds to family class action

West Midlands Police issue statement about Hillsborough lawsuit

West Midlands Police has responded to the legal action being taken against it by some families whose relations died in the Hillsborough disaster.

A statement from the force's Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said: "Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of loved ones who died and were injured in the Hillsborough tragedy.

“We recognise the impact the inquests have brought upon them.

“We aware of the ongoing proceedings."

West Midlands force added to 'institutional abuse' post-Hillsborough

The investigation by West Midlands Police into the conduct of South Yorkshire officers at Hillsborough added to the suffering by victims' families, say lawyers for some of the families.

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Saunders Law Solicitors, which is filing a legal claim on behalf of some families, said the evidence suggested "institutional misfeasance" by the two forces against fans.

The firm added the evidence by both South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police, went beyond any "one bad apple" analysis,

'Rollercoaster' of emotions since conclusion of inquests, says campaigner

When asked on the BBC News Channel about the action being brought by Saunders Law, Sheila Coleman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign said: "It is an indictment on our society that the only way to bring people in power to account is to hit them where it hurts.

She added: "It has been a rollercoaster since Tuesday. We are all a bit confused and elated. There is a whole range of emotions. There is a lot of elation and anger."

Families' legal action based on claim police forces 'misused their power'

The legal action against South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police by Saunders Law is based on the legal concept of misfeasance in public office.

The Hillsborough inquests jury found on Tuesday that the 96 victims were unlawfully killed and there were police failings.

Many family members and supporters reacted with jubilation when the jury delivered its conclusions

Misfeasance in public office is a civil action against the holder of a public office, alleging that the office-holder has misused or abused his or her power.

Questions raised about police briefing to MPs after Hillsborough

Questions are being raised about a presentation given to MPs by a senior South Yorkshire police officer following the Hillsborough disaster. 

Sir Norman Bettison - Merseyside's former chief constable - was a superintendent in South Yorkshire at the time and had been invited to the Commons to brief members on the investigation.

Sir Norman refutes any insinuation he was involved in a "black propaganda exercise" but the former Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell says it's "possible" the film shown used selective footage designed to influence how MPs felt about the disaster.

If the police came to the House of Commons with a determination to do other than fully inform members of parliament and to push a certain line then in my view that was a grave breach of their responsibility, which cannot be justified. And if there are families who have reason to believe that that's what the police were intent on then they are entitled to be completely indignant and dismissive of the way in which the police behaved.

Sir Menzies Campbell

Responses to legal claims requested from West Midlands and South Yorkshire police forces

The BBC has contacted both West Midlands Police and South Yorkshire Police for a response to the legal claims being brought in relation to Hillsborough by Saunders Law.

Class action taken against South Yorkshire Police and West Midlands Police

A law firm representing some of the Hillsborough families has tweeted a statement saying it is bringing a class action against South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police.

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Listen: Lord Blunkett says police need 'strong and positive leadership'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A group which represents former officers from South Yorkshire Police has responded to the Hillsborough inquests by telling its members they should be proud of their work in the 1980s

A message from the retired officers' association, which was accidentally made public, acknowledged that mistakes were made but praised officers as dedicated and full of courage. 

The former Sheffield MP David - now Lord Blunkett - who was MP for Brightside and Hillsborough at the time of the disaster in 1989, says the South Yorkshire Police Force needs strong and positive leadership.

Former Sheffield MP, Lord Blunkett on future leadership of South Yorks Police

New York City FC fans fly banner supporting the Hillsborough 96

BreakingPolice forces face Hillsborough families' legal action

Families of football fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster are pursuing High Court misconduct action against the South Yorkshire and West Midlands police forces, lawyers have said. 

The inquests jury found victims were unlawfully killed and there were police failings.

Families have lodged claims of misfeasance in public office, said Saunders Law Solicitors. 

Legal action began in 2015 but was suspended pending the conclusions.

Children's Hillsborough tributes at Liverpool vigil


Children and teenagers have been among the thousands of people remembering the Hillsborough disaster victims in Liverpool city centre.

A special service was held at St George's Hall on Wednesday evening to remember the 96 football fans who died in 1989.

They explain why they came to pay tribute.

May and Lizzie

BreakingHillsborough families' lawyers to pursue High Court misconduct claims against police

Lawyers for the Hillsborough families are to pursue High Court misconduct action against South Yorkshire and West Midlands police forces.

South Yorkshire Police needs 'profound culture change' says Nick Clegg

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

South Yorkshire Police must undergo "a profound culture change" in the wake of the Hillsborough inquests conclusions, former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

Nick Clegg

The Sheffield Hallam MP added: "Something's gone very, very wrong in South Yorkshire Police. It's not just what happened 27 years ago, it's not just perpetuating the lies and myths in the inquests.

SYP has been 'torn apart by scandal', says leader of Hillsborough Independent Panel

There are growing calls for a complete overhaul of South Yorkshire Police, following the damning verdicts against the force during the inquests. The current chief constable David Crompton has been suspended. 

Professor Phil Scraton, who led the research team on the Hillsborough Independent Panel, says the Home Secretary Theresa May must do something to address the problems in the South Yorkshire force.

It is a police force that has inherently,structurally going right back to Orgreave in the early 1980s, right the way through to Hillsborough and beyond and right up to recently with Rotherham has been absolutely torn apart by scandal. And that issue around the political accountability of a police force has to be dealt with - the question is what do you do.

Professor Phil Scraton
Phil Scraton

Hillsborough disaster: Aerial footage shows huge Liverpool vigil

Thousands attend a vigil in Liverpool to remember the 96 people who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Watch aerial footage of the 30,000 strong crowd.

Hillsborough vigil

Hillsborough reaction: Latest headlines

Today's top stories:

  • Retired police officers who served in South Yorkshire in the 1980s are told to be "proud" of their work despite the findings of the Hillsborough inquests
  • There are calls for South Yorkshire Police's chief constable to be sacked following his suspension amid strong criticism of the force's handling of the Hillsborough disaster  
  • Some Hillsborough families call for prosecutions to follow from the inquests findings

Message to retired SYP officers 'poorly thought through', says former police chief

Retired police officers who served in South Yorkshire in the 1980s have been told to be proud of their work - despite the findings of the Hillsborough inquests.  

Peter Neyroud, former head of the now defunct National Police Improvement Agency and the former chief constable of Thames Valley Police, says the message was poorly thought through:   

There are undoubtedly officers who've done fantastic things in South Yorkshire over the past 20 or 30 years, of course there are. But that was neither the moment to make that comment, nor indeed the way to phrase it. And it does seem to reflect, a 'we don't seem to have quite understood the seriousness of this'.

Peter Neyroud

Analysis: The message to retired South Yorkshire Police officers

Dan Johnson

BBC News

Retired South Yorkshire police officers were told to be proud of their work, despite the inquests' conclusions.

A message on a website for the force's retired officers said they had served dedicated and courageous careers.

These comments may have been intended to privately lift morale among retired officers after another bruising week for all connected with South Yorkshire Police.

But now they've been inadvertently made public. There is recognition that many officers tried to do their best, but these comments have caused further upset.

There are also police officers out on the streets of South Yorkshire today who have to get on with a difficult job while their organisation is in turmoil. The force is dogged by the scandals of its past failures and moving on will be not be easy. 

Five Hillsborough myths dispelled by inquests jury

Five myths about Liverpool fans' behaviour on the day of the Hillsborough disaster were among the main obstacles for families seeking justice. 

What do we now know about how they were perpetuated?

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Hillsborough Inquests

Red balloon outside St George's Hall following vigil

A red balloon is left tied to a lamppost outside Liverpool's St George's Hall where 30,000 people attended a vigil in memory of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

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