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Hillsborough families 'want prison sentences' to come out of IPCC police investigation

PUBLISHED October 12, 2012

Senior police officers and officials in charge of the Hillsborough football stadium could face trial for manslaughter over the disaster that killed 96 fans, as well as the later cover-up, in the biggest ever inquiry into the police service.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has announced that he is looking at all the new evidence uncovered by last month's ground-breaking report into the 1989 tragedy, to see if it could support charges that the authorities' chaotic response led to lives being lost.

At the same time the Independent Police Complaints Commission could investigate as many as 200 officers from different forces over claims that they tried to deflect the blame for the fatal crush onto fans and altered their accounts, which could lead to charges of perverting the course of justice and perjury as well as misconduct hearings.