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2,400 police could be probed for Hillsborough disaster

Published on Nov 14, 2012 6:13 AM
In a file picture taken on April 15, 2009 floral tributes from Liverpool football club representatives are pictured beside a memorial listing the names of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - More than 2,400 police officers could be investigated over the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster, which killed more than 90 football fans, Britain's police watchdog said on Tuesday.

The actions of 1,444 members of South Yorkshire Police are already being scrutinised, but the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on Tuesday told a parliamentary committee that up to 1,000 other officers could be investigated.

The list includes officers from around 20 other forces who were present at the disaster.

An independent inquiry published in September exposed a police cover-up in the aftermath of the crush at the 1989 FA Cup football semi-final in Sheffield, northern England, that killed 96 Liverpool football fans.