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'Significant' tip given to Birmingham pub bombs probe

By Richard Vernalls

Published 13/05/2016

The wreckage left at the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham
The wreckage left at the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham

A "significant" piece of information has been sent to the coroner who is considering reopening the Birmingham pub bombings inquests.

Senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull Louise Hunt said she received "sensitive information" from an undisclosed source in a submission sent to her office on April 27, just days before a key hearing. Speaking yesterday ahead of what is due to be her final decision on whether to reopen the inquests on June 1, Ms Hunt added the material was "significant" and related to an allegation the security services had some prior notice of the deadly bombings on the night of November 21, 1974.

She said: "It's significant and does raise concerns in relation to potential advanced notice.

"That's as much as I can say."

Ms Hunt said she was not aware the information had ever appeared in the public domain.

Lawyers for the families of the 21 people killed in the double bombing of the pubs have already alleged the security services may have had prior knowledge of the attacks.

It will be 42 years this November since the attacks, widely acknowledged to have been the work of the IRA.

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