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Summary

  1. 96 Hillsborough fans unlawfully killed, inquests conclude
  2. The jury had to answer 14 questions about the cause of the 1989 disaster
  3. Jurors answered "yes" when asked whether any police error caused or contributed to a dangerous situation
  4. The behaviour of Liverpool fans did not contribute to the dangerous situation at the turnstiles
  5. South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton apologises "unreservedly" to the families and says his force accepts jury's conclusion

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman and Emma Stanley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight - and thank you for joining us

    This marks the end of the BBC's live coverage of the conclusion of the Hillsborough inquests. Please go to the BBC News homepage for the latest developments in the story, comprehensive analysis, and full reaction. 

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    Video caption: Who were the 96 football fans fatally injured at Hillsborough?
  2. Former Koppite and player toasts Hillsborough families

    Ex-Liverpool player and coach Phil Thompson adds his voice to the chorus of former Reds' stars.

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  3. Justice must follow, say church leaders

    Liverpool’s church leaders have said the journey for justice continues.

    The Rt Rev Paul Bayes, Anglican Bishop of Liverpool said: "The families have always said that they seek truth and justice, and the inquests have worked longer than any in British legal history to uncover the truth. Now justice must follow. 

    The leader of the city’s Roman Catholics Archbishop Malcolm McMahon added: “I hope that the acknowledgement that those who died were unlawfully killed will bring comfort to the survivors and the families of the 96.”

  4. Coming up: Hillsborough - the families' story

    BBC Radio Merseyside follows the families of the 96 through the two years of the Hillsborough inquests, narrated by survivor  Neil Fitzmaurice.

    Listen live at 19:00.

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  5. Coroner pays tribute to Hillsborough families

    The coroner at the Hillsborough Inquests has praised the families of the 96 who died as a result of the tragedy.

    Sir John Goldring

    Coroner Sir John Goldring said the families "had done your duty" by their loved ones.

  6. Coroner praises jury for 'public service of highest order'

    Coroner Sir John Goldring closed the inquests by telling the jury that sitting "for this length of time in such a demanding and at times deeply moving case is to perform a public service of the highest order".

    He said he hopes the families "will now have gained some comfort".

    "I will ask... for the last time for us all to stand... and I will adjourn finally. Members of the jury thank you once again".

  7. Liverpool welcome jury's decision

    Liverpool FC welcomed the jury's decision, saying its conclusions confirmed "what the families always believed – their loved ones were unlawfully killed."

    A statement from Ian Ayre (pictured), the club's chief executive said: "We will always remember the selfless bravery and heroism of the many fans that helped their fellow supporters in the most harrowing of circumstances that day. 

    Ian Ayre

    "We praise those who, since the beginning of the inquest, have had to find the courage and strength to re-live what they went through."

    He said the solidarity shown by fans "encapsulates the unique character of both the club and city", adding that the club was "hugely thankful for the unwavering support the wider football community has so generously shown these past 27 years".

  8. Conclusion reinforces the jury system - Mike Mansfield QC

    A barrister for some of the Hillsborough families has said the inquests' conclusions have "reinforced the value of the jury system".

    Mike Mansfield

    Mike Mansfield said the inquests were "remarkable and historic", adding "the families were hoping for an unlawful killing conclusion but you just don't know".

    Mr Mansfield criticised the "ambivalent" attitude of the South Yorkshire Police which had apologised before the inquests but in court had sought to blame the fans when "we thought that had been put to bed by the Hillsborough Independent Panel".

  9. Yorkshire Ambulance Service chief 'truly sorry'

    The current head of Yorkshire ambulance service said he is "truly sorry" for what happened at Hillsborough and admits lives could have been saved if the ambulance service's response had been different.

    Rod Barnes said the service fully accepted the jury's conclusions and extended his "deepest sympathy" to the bereaved families. 

    He said "a huge amount has been learned from Hillsborough" and the service has "changed a great deal in the last 27 years".

  10. Head of St John Ambulance says Hillsborough 'will stay with our organisation forever'

    St John Ambulance chief executive Sue Killen said her organisation's volunteers "acted as best they could under extremely difficult circumstances" and their experience "will stay with our organisation forever".

    Ambulance at Hillsborough disaster

    "Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by what happened on that day... It's clear from the testimonies that our volunteers acted as best they could under extremely difficult circumstances, and we are grateful to them for all they did," she said.

    David Whitmore, an expert in pre-hospital care, had told the inquests that while the South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service response was delayed, volunteers from St John Ambulance "behaved better" than their counterparts by starting to help victims immediately.

  11. 'I lost my love of football at Hillsborough'

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    Julie Craven, who was 16 when she attended the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup Semi-Final in 1989, recalls the crush in the Leppings Lane terrace.

    Julie Craven
  12. Hillsborough commemoration

    There will be a special event on Wednesday to commemorate the conclusion of the inquests.

    It will be held on St George's Plateau, opposite Lime Street railway station, from 17:45.

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  13. Coming up: The Williams family's journey through the Hillsborough inquests

    The BBC's Inside Out North West team followed the family of the late Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams throughout the two year inquests. 

    You can watch it on the BBC News Channel at 20:00.

    If you're in the North West of England you can also see it on BBC One at 22:45.  

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  14. Hillsborough inquests: The role of police chief David Duckenfield

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    Inquests into the 96 football fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster have concluded they were unlawfully killed, with the jury finding match commander - former Ch Supt David Duckenfield - "responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence" due to a breach of his duty of care.  

    David Duckenfield

    Mr Duckenfield (pictured below in 1989) said in the pressure of the day he froze and did not consider the consequences of his actions.

    "I think it's fair to say that it is arguably one of the biggest regrets of my life, that I did not foresee where fans would go when they came in through the gates," he said.

    He also admitted to a "terrible lie". "Everybody knew the truth, the fans and police knew the truth that we'd opened the gates," he said.  

    David Duckenfield, pictured in 1989

    When asked if his "negligence" caused the disaster he told the inquest: "I wouldn't use the word negligence sir. Mistake. Oversight... I did my very best on the day."  

    Read more about his role on the day, here.

  15. ICYMI: Justice has finally been done, says jury

    • Families say "justice has finally been done" after an inquest jury concluded their loved ones had been unlawfully killed
    • Campaigner Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James was one of the 96 victims, said: "Everything was against us. The only people that weren't against us was our own city."
    • Another campaigner Trevor Hicks, lost his teenage daughters Vicki and Sarah. He said he could now properly grieve
  16. ICYMI: Hillsborough police errors highlighted by jury

    • Police errors also added to a dangerous situation at the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989
    • Failures by commanding officers caused a crush on the terraces
    • There were mistakes in the police control box over the order to open exit gates
    • South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton said the force "got the policing...catastrophically wrong" and said the force "unequivocally" accepts the "unlawful killing" conclusions
  17. ICYMI: Hillsborough inquests summary

    If you're just on your way home from work, here is a quick summary of what has been a momentous day:

    • The 96 football fans who died as a result of the crush at the Hillsborough stadium were unlawfully killed, the inquests jury concluded
    • Match commander Ch Supt David Duckenfield was "responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence" due to a breach of his duty of care, the jury also found
    • Prime Minister David Cameron said the inquests provided "official confirmation" that fans were "utterly blameless". Supporters were also exonerated by the jury