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New inquest hope over Birmingham bombs

By David Young, PA

Published 22/10/2015

A senior coroner is to convene a special hearing to consider whether an inquest for those killed in the Birmingham pub bombings should resume, 40 years after it was adjourned
A senior coroner is to convene a special hearing to consider whether an inquest for those killed in the Birmingham pub bombings should resume, 40 years after it was adjourned

A senior coroner is to convene a special hearing to consider whether an inquest for those killed in the Birmingham pub bombings should resume, 40 years after it was adjourned.

The decision by Louise Hull, senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, was welcomed by bereaved relatives.

Twenty-one people were killed and 182 injured when suspected IRA bombs exploded in two city centre pubs on November 21, 1974.

Six men wrongly convicted of the murders - the Birmingham Six - were released in 1991 after their convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Campaign group Justice 4 the 21, which represents relatives of a number of the victims, has long been calling for a new inquest to be ordered.

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