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Birmingham pub bombing families' £6k legal bid boost

By Matthew Cooper

A crowdfunding appeal launched by the families of victims of the Birmingham pub bombings has raised almost £6,000 in just three days.

The campaign was launched on Friday to fund a legal bid to overturn a coroner's ban on naming suspects at forthcoming inquests into the deaths of the 21 people killed in the attacks in 1974.

Launching the appeal on Friday, Julie Hambleton, spokesman for the group Justice4the21, said without the prospect of naming the bombers "we may as well not bother having an inquest at all".

The group members are now seeking a judicial review of the coroner's decision in the High Court and are trying to crowd-fund the initial £10,000 needed to launch the action, which could cost up to £100,000 in total.

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