Following the verdict that 96 people were unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough disaster, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is considering whether there should be any criminal charges brought against those deemed to blame.
Sue Hemming, head of the special crime and counter terrorism at the CPS, said:
“Following the inquest’s determinations the CPS team will continue to work closely with Operation Resolve and the Independent Police Complaints Commission as in due course, the CPS will formally consider whether any criminal charges should be brought against any individual or corporate body based upon all the available evidence, in accordance with the code for Crown Prosecutors.
We would ask that everyone is mindful of the continuing investigations and the potential for future criminal proceedings when reporting or publicly commenting on the inquest’s conclusions.”
Deputy chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Rachel Cerfontyne said:
“The conclusion of the inquests is another milestone and a day when my thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died as a result of the disaster.
Now the inquests have ended our role in providing documents and other material to support the coroner is over. However the end of the inquests does not mark the end of the process.Our attention now focuses on concluding our criminal investigation into the aftermath of the disaster. This is by far the biggest and most complex investigation ever undertaken by the IPCC.
We have made significant progress on the investigation and we will continue to work closely with Operation Resolve and the Crown Prosecution Service to pursue our remaining lines of enquiry as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. I anticipate we will conclude the criminal investigations by the turn of the year.”