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Birmingham pub bombings: New evidence 'significant'

Firefighters search through the wreckage after a bomb went off in Birmingham Image copyright PA
Image caption Two bombs exploded at the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in Birmingham in November 1974

"Significant" information has been shared with the senior coroner considering whether the Birmingham pub bombings inquest should reopen.

Louise Hunt said it related to an allegation that security services had some notice of the attack on 21 November 1974, which killed 21 people.

The senior coroner said she was not aware of the material appearing in the public domain before.

She concluded today's hearing saying a final decision will be made on 1 June.

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Ms Hunt said: "It's significant and does raise concerns in relation to potential advanced notice, that's as much as I can say."

The Birmingham and Solihull coroner has been hearing an application to resume inquests into the 21 deaths.

The bombings in Birmingham city centre also injured 182 people.

It is widely acknowledged the IRA orchestrated the attack.

Six men were jailed but released in 1991 after their convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal.

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Image caption Paddy Hill, Gerry Hunter, Johnny Walker, Hugh Callaghan, Richard McIlkenny and Billy Power were wrongly convicted of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings

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