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Hillsborough Jury: Victims Unlawfully Killed

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The 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, a jury has concluded.

The jurors have also ruled that the behaviour of fans did not cause or contribute to the tragedy, which happened when supporters were crushed before an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989.

The conclusion was greeted with sobbing and cheers at the hearing in Warrington.

They were required to reach decisions on 14 questions about the disaster that were put to them before they began their deliberations at the end of the longest jury hearing in British legal history.

Police planning errors "caused or contributed to" the dangerous situation that developed on the day of the disaster, the jury also found.

In order to reach a verdict of unlawful killing, jurors had to be convinced that match commander chief superintendent David Duckenfield owed a duty of care to those who died in the disaster, and that he was in breach of that duty of care.

Third, they also had to be satisfied that his breach of duty caused the deaths, and fourthly, that it amount to "gross negligence".


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