Fresh inquests into Hillsborough disaster to begin

A Liverpool football club supporter looks at floral tributes and memorabilia ahead of a memorial service to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on April 15, 2009
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Fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which are expected to last nine months, will get underway in Warrington today.

Fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives, will get underway in Warrington today.

New proceedings were granted when the High Court quashed the original 'accidental' verdict due to claims of an alleged police cover-up.

In 2012, a report released by an independent panel claimed that over 100 police statements related to the disaster were altered, while it was also revealed that 41 of the victims could have been saved had they received medical treatment faster.

Following the revelations, the Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation, while a criminal inquiry is also taking place.

The inquests, which are expected to last for at least nine months, will examine when and how the victims died following a crush at the Hillsborough stadium ahead of Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

The IPCC confirmed last week that 12 retired police officers and one serving are under investigation in relation to the alleged cover-up.

Tottenham Hotspur's English interim manager Tim Sherwood celebrates during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on December 22, 2013
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