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UK police to open new Hillsborough probe

Published on Dec 19, 2012 7:36 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Britain on Wednesday announced a new police investigation into the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death.

The announcement follows a damning report from an independent panel that alleged police tried to divert blame for the tragedy on to the victims.

The inquiry is to be led by former Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart and will look at the events of an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield's Hillsborough Stadium 23 years ago.

"I am determined to see a swift and thorough response to the findings of the Hillsborough Panel to deliver justice for the 96 football fans who died and the families who have fought so hard on their behalf," said British Home Secretary Theresa May.

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