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'More time' need for Hillsborough charges decisions

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Image caption The 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster were fully exonerated of any blame at the new inquests last year

More time is needed to decide if anyone connected to West Midlands Police will face charges over the Hillsborough disaster, prosecutors have said.

The force carried out the first investigation into South Yorkshire officers' conduct during the 1989 tragedy.

It has been claimed both colluded in a "systematic cover-up" to pin the blame on fans.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has requested more time to investigate.

However, it said it was still on track to announce whether there will be criminal charges relating to South Yorkshire Police by the end of June.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) handed its files to the CPS in January.

It is still investigating more than 170 allegations of police misconduct.

A jury concluded in April last year the 96 victims of the tragedy were unlawfully killed.

They found fans were fatally crushed at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest amid a "dangerous situation" created by police errors.


Image caption The 96 victims

Read profiles of all those who died in the disaster


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