Six people charged with criminal offences in relation to Hillsborough tragedy

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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Six people are charged with criminal offences in relation to the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans.

Six people have been charged with criminal offences after 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives as a result of a devastating crush at the Hillsborough stadium in 1989.

The Crown Prosecution Service has announced the charges in Warrington after its lawyers spent six months considering evidence against 23 suspects.

They looked into the planning, preparation and conduct during the day of the disaster, as well as the investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission in relation to the alleged cover-up during the aftermath.

David Duckenfield, who was the Match Commander for South Yorkshire Police on the day of the tragedy 28 years ago, has been charged with 95 counts of manslaughter.

Former South Yorkshire Police officer Norman Bettison has been charged with four counts of misconduct in public office, which includes alleged lies about the fans' culpability.

Graham Mackrell, who was Sheffield Wednesday's secretary and safety officer at the time, faces charges in relation to health and safety failures, while three others have been charged with intent to pervert the course of justice.

Those three individuals are Peter Metcalf - acting solicitor for the South Yorkshire Police during the Taylor inquiry - former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton, and former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster.

After the original verdict of accidental deaths was quashed, a fresh inquest last year ruled that those who died were unlawfully killed.

All the defendants aside from Duckenfield will appear at Warrington Magistrates' Court on August 9.

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