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Hillsborough disaster verdict 'justice at last'

26 April 2016, 21:54

London - Reaction after an English inquest jury found Tuesday that the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium crush had been unlawfully killed, and blamed the police for the disaster:

"Thank you, thank you"

- Response from one member of the public gallery when the verdict of unlawful killing was announced.

"Justice for the 96"

- Chant repeated by relatives and friends outside the courtroom in Warrington, near Liverpool, after the verdict was announced.

"You'll Never Walk Alone"

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- Relatives and friends sing the Liverpool anthem outside the courtroom.

"I think we've changed a part of history now."

- Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James died in the disaster, outside court.

"We've done it"

- Trevor Hicks, the president of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, whose teenage daughters Sarah and Vicki died in the disaster.

"A landmark day for all affected by the Hillsborough tragedy. 27 years of courage, resilience and determination."

Words accompanying photographs of all the 96 fans on Liverpool football club's website.

"Landmark day as the Hillsborough inquest provides long overdue justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the tragic disaster.

"I would like to pay tribute to the extraordinary courage of Hillsborough campaigners in their long search for the truth."

- British Prime Minister David Cameron.

"I want to make it absolutely clear that we unequivocally accept the verdict of unlawful killing... On 15th April 1989, South Yorkshire Police got the policing of the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough catastrophically wrong... I want to apologise unreservedly to the families and all those affected."

- David Crompton, the current chief constable of the South Yorkshire force.

"The FA reaffirms its deep sorrow and regret that these tragic events, which occurred at one of its fixtures, led to the loss of life of 96 football supporters on 15 April 1989...Ultimately, the inquests stand as testament to the struggle undertaken by the families so the truth might be brought to light...In looking forward, it is important we never forget."

- The Football Association, the English game's national governing body, responds to Tuesday's announcement.

"Fantastic to see the reaction of the families outside the court! Very emotional as well. The truth is out AT LAST. Take note all the doubters!"

- John Aldridge, a member of the Liverpool team that played Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough on the ill-fated day.

"Finally, thankfully, justice for the 96! Rest in peace."

- Former England striker turned BBC television football presenter Gary Lineker.

"This has been the greatest miscarriage of justice of our times. But, finally, it is over."

- Labour MP Andy Burnham, who has supported the families' campaign for fresh inquests.

"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."

- Sue Hemming, head of the special crime and counter-terrorism division at England's Crown Prosecution Service.

"Finally and way, way, way overdue, the truth prevails and justice is served. jft96."

- Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, using an abbreviation for the slogan "Justice for the 96".

"After so many years fighting for justice I am really pleased to see the verdict today, which confirms what we have been saying for a long time.

"I am especially pleased for the families of the 96 who have sought justice for so long and with such dignity, as well as for the people of Liverpool and for football fans in general.

"Hopefully this verdict today will ensure that this kind of tragedy can never happen again."

- Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez, Liverpool's manager from 2004 to 2010.

"Everton Football Club salutes the Hillsborough families and their total vindication as Fighters for Justice. Theirs is the greatest victory in the history of football.

"RIP, the 96. Good night, God bless. From us across the Park."

- Statement issued by Everton, whose Goodison ground is on the other side of Stanley Park from city rivals Liverpool's Anfield base.



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