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Birmingham blasts: probe into claims of a cover-up claims

By Richard Vernalls

The PSNI and the Met Police have been asked for any information that they had advance notice of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings.

A pre-inquest review into the IRA atrocity was told that three agencies including HM Prison Service had been written to, in order to ask about victims’ families claims the state may have “covered-up” its involvement in the double bombings.

At yesterday’s hearing, coroner Peter Thornton QC also said he wanted the fresh hearings into the deaths of the 21 people killed to start in “late September”.

During separate hearings last year, senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull Louise Hunt heard that West Midlands Police had said it had no information relevant to any cover-up claims.

It emerged yesterday that that same question had now been put to the prisons and the police services.

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