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Hillsborough: Jurors sworn in at start of new inquests

Donna Miller, with a photo of her brother Paul Carlile, arrives at the opening of the fresh inquests into the Hillsborough disaster.Photoi: Neil Jones/PA Wire

Donna Miller, with a photo of her brother Paul Carlile, arrives at the opening of the fresh inquests into the Hillsborough disaster.Photoi: Neil Jones/PA Wire

Jurors were due to be sworn in today for new inquests into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool FC supporters who died in the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium Disaster.

The coroner’s inquests are being held at a purpose-built state-of-the-art court at Birchwood Business Park in Warrington and began yesterday morning.

The court room, which seats 500 people, was packed with lawyers, relatives of the victims and media.

Yesterday a jury of five men and six women were selected, along with 10 reserve jurors.

They were picked from a pool of 125 potential jurors, whittled down from 1,000 who received summonses.

Jurors with potential links to the police or ambulance service were excused.

The jurors were told they must be available for up to a year and were also asked to highlight if they were fans of Sheffield Wednesday FC, Nottingham Forest or Liverpool FC.

There was laughter in court as one man told the coroner he was an Everton FC fan.

“We won’t hold that against you,” said one of the family members.

Among the organisations being represented by some of the 86 lawyers are South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield Council, Police Federation, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, St John Ambulance, Sheffield Wednesday FC and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Former senior police officers who were in charge on the day of the match are represented, along with the victims’ families, the FA and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Today a statement will be read out by Lord Justice Goldring before ‘pen portraits’ of each of the 96 victims will be outlined by the families or their lawyers, expected to take three weeks.

 
 
 

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