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Hillsborough tragedy police chief suspended as Liverpool holds a vigil for the 96 victims

By Lauren Brown

The chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has been suspended in the wake of the Hillsborough inquest findings.

On Tuesday, David Crompton admitted the force got the policing of the match ''catastrophically wrong'' and ''unequivocally'' accepted the inquest jury's conclusions. His suspension comes after the jury found that 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed.

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham, who had campaigned for justice for the Hillsborough victims, had called for the chief constable's resignation in the House of Commons. He said that South Yorkshire Police had gone back on its 2012 public apology following the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report and engaged in an "adversarial battle" at the fresh inquests.

He said: "Shamefully, the cover-up continued in this court room. Lawyers for retired officers threw disgusting slurs; those for today's force tried to establish that others were responsible for the opening of the gate."

Yesterday, families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster united at St George's Hall in Liverpool to reflect on their 27-year quest for justice. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said "the truth had triumphed".

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