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Last evidence heard in inquests into Hillsborough disaster deaths

Published 05/01/2016

96 Liverpool fans died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster
96 Liverpool fans died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster

The inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough heard its last evidence today.

The fresh hearings into Britain's worst sporting disaster began in March 2014 and has heard more than 260 days of evidence at a specially built courtroom in Warrington, Cheshire.

Coroner Lord Justice Goldring adjourned the inquests today until January 25 when he told jurors he was expecting to begin his summing up of the case.

It is thought the jury may be sent out in late February to consider their verdicts.

The tragedy unfolded on April 15 1989 during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed in the ground's Leppings Lane terrace.

At the start of the fresh inquests, Lord Justice Goldring said none of the victims should be blamed for their deaths.

The verdicts from the original inquests were quashed following the 2012 damning report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel which concluded there was a cover-up that attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

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