Over £6.6 million spent before new Hillsborough inquests started

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The cost of setting up the new Hillsborough inquests was £6.6 million, new figures reveal.

Between February 2013 and March last year, just before the inquests started, £6,638,846 was spent in preparation.

The main bulk of the cash - £3,104,871 - was spent on fitting out the building being used for the inquests in Warrington, plus rent and service charges.

Over £2.2 million was spent on legal costs including barristers, solicitors and paralegals.

The figure, released by the Government, does not include anything which has been spent since the inquests started in April - including legal costs accrued by organisations including South Yorkshire Police.

New inquests were ordered after the original ‘accidental death’ verdicts were quashed in 2012 following the publication of an independent panel’s report on all the files held by organisations since the tragedy in 1989.

A total of 96 Liverpool FC fans lost their lives after a crush on the terraces at Hillsborough stadium when their team played Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final.