Hillsborough trials

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Hillsborough: Retrial would be a 'strain' on families, says mayor

A potential retrial of Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield would be a "real strain" on survivors and the families of victims, says Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool
Liverpool City Council

Former Ch Supt David Duckenfield, now 74, stood trial for the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans in the 1989 disaster.

The jury at Preston Crown Court failed to reach a verdict on Mr Duckenfield but the Crown Prosecution Service said it plans to seek a retrial.

Mr Anderson has warned the people of Liverpool not to do anything which might undermine any future legal proceedings.

Mr Anderson said:

Having already sat through the longest inquest in British legal history, for the families – and the survivors – the prospect of another trial to wait for and endure, will no doubt prove a huge strain.

We must all remember that the judicial authorities will now have to decide what will happen next as a result of today’s proceedings.

I would therefore ask everyone to be conscious of the need not to do or say anything which might undermine that, no matter how they might be feeling at the moment.

Hillsborough: Support group chairwoman thanks jury as it has 'not been easy for them'

Margaret Aspinall, the chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, has said thanked the jury in the trial of match commander David Duckenfield, saying that it has "not been easy for them as it's not been easy for the families".

Margaret Aspinall

Mrs Aspinall, whose son James died in the disaster, said:

I'd like to thank the jury for taking weeks of deliberation, it's not been easy for them as it's not been easy for the families.

I'll organise a family meeting to have a discussion with the families [and] see how they're feeling about going forward again.

We've got the 30th anniversary coming up in two weeks, which is very difficult anyway.

Thirty years has been one hell of a long time. I've been living in the past, everything in the past and not able to move forward.

I ask people to bear with us and not put anything on social media.

Liverpool offer 'support and admiration' to families of Hillsborough victims

A spokesman for Liverpool says the club "would like to reiterate our support and admiration for the Hillsborough families, survivors and campaigners in light of today’s verdicts".

Liverpool's Hillsborough memorial
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In a statement issued after a jury failed to reach a verdict over a charge of gross negligence manslaughter against match commander David Duckenfield, the club spokesman said:

While forthcoming legal proceedings restrict comment on the outcome of the trial, we acknowledge the guilty verdict for Graham Mackrell and can empathise with the frustration shared by everyone affected by the Hillsborough tragedy that the outcome was not definitive.

Our thoughts are with all those who continue to be affected by the Hillsborough tragedy and the 96 Liverpool supporters who went to watch their team and never came home.