Hillsborough inquest hearing date set

Lord Justice Goldring
Image caption Lord Justice Goldring has been appointed as coroner

A hearing to decide the date and location of a fresh inquest into the deaths of the 96 Hillsborough victims will take place next month.

A new inquest was ordered in December when a panel of three High Court judges quashed the original accidental death verdicts.

The Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush in a 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

The original inquest was held in Sheffield but families want the new hearing held elsewhere.

Hillsborough Family Support Group chairman Trevor Hicks, whose teenage daughters Sarah and Victoria died in the disaster, has said previously the families do not want the inquest held in the city again as "it didn't serve us well on the last occasion".

A change to the Coroners Act announced in February means inquests can be held anywhere in England and Wales, if it is in the best interest of the bereaved family and others, such as witnesses.

The preliminary hearing to set the date and location of the new inquest will take place in London on 25 April.

Lord Justice Goldring, who sat on the trial of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor's killers, has been appointed the coroner.

A report compiled by the Hillsborough Independent Panel found up to 41 of the 96 who died could potentially have been saved if they had received treatment earlier.

The victims' families have always challenged the original inquest, which concluded all the victims were dead or brain dead 15 minutes after the game had kicked off at 15:00.

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