Investigations into the Hillsborough disaster have led to 22 people now being identified as suspects – with the expectation more will follow.
In addition to 13 retired and serving police officers identified by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is looking into possible police misconduct after the disaster, further suspects have been identified as part of Operation Resolve – the wider criminal investigation into the tragedy.
The 13 serving and retired officers have been interviewed on suspicion of offences including manslaughter, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office.
Four of those interviewed are among 13 identified as subjects as part of Operation Resolve, which is looking into whether there is any criminality associated with the events leading up the disaster and the incident itself – which claimed 96 lives and led to another 730 people suffering injuries.
Rachel Cerfontyne, deputy chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said: “We have moved into the phase of conducting suspect interviews.
“These are interviews under criminal caution of individuals who are suspected of committing offences such as perverting the course of justice, misconduct in a public office and manslaughter.
“These are the first tranche of individuals we have deemed suspects. I do not expect them to be the last.”
She said the IPCC had been contacted by 1,700 people in response to appeals for witnesses to come forward, 400 of whom had never provided accounts to the authorities before.
It has identified 251 statements taken in the aftermath of the disaster which were altered.