Hillsborough victim's mum: 'More revelations to come'


Natalie Barnett

A CHESTER mum who lost her son in the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy is preparing herself for more damning revelations about the disaster.

Anne Williams, whose son Kevin was among the 96 victims, believes news of police and other failings relating to the tragedy are just “the tip of the iceberg” compared to what will be revealed during new inquests.

Dominic Grieve QC will now apply to the High Court to have the original verdicts overturned in the wake of new evidence revealed by the Hillsborough independent panel’s (HIP) report.

It comes after a damning report in to the cover-up which attempted to shift blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

Mrs Williams, of Newtown, said: “There will be a whole new can of worms opened when the new inquests get under way, I am certain of that.

“There will be evidence of further failings and cover-ups which will come to light, important information which we have known the last 23 years.

“The failings revealed recently were just the tip of the iceberg, there is a lot more to come.

“Thankfully at last we are being listened to.”

Mrs Williams disputed the orginal accidental death verdict at Kevin’s original inquest, maintaining her 15-year old son was still alive at 4pm and would have survived had he been given oxygen.

“I still have not collected Kevin’s death certificate from the initial inquest as the verdict was wrong – Kevin’s death was not accidental.

“When we get the true verdict, and that is asphyxiation and also corporate manslaughter, only then will I collect Kevin’s certificate.

“Kevin could have been saved that day. I am still fighting and I will continue to fight until we get all of the truth.”

City MP speaks in Parliament

CHESTER’S MP Stephen Mosley has spoken during a debate in Parliament about the deaths of 96 people at the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

The debate arose following the recent publication of the Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Opening his speech in the House of Commons, Mr Mosley said: “To learn that the lives of up to 41 people could have been saved, and to discover that those responsible sought to manipulate the truth, to conceal their own guilt and to shift the blame onto the innocent victims of that day is one of the greatest scandals in our nation’s history.

“The failures, the flaws, the corruption and the deceit of those culpable have been laid bare for all to see. But most importantly, the reputation, the honour and the persistence of those who sought the truth, for so long, has been vindicated.”

Following on from the publication of the Panel’s Report last month, the Attorney General has moved swiftly to indicate his intention to write to the High Court to request that new inquests be held into the deaths of the 96 victims.

Additionally, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has announced that they are to investigate the actions of South Yorkshire Police Force on the day of the disaster, and their conduct in the aftermath of it.

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