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1,200 homes to receive Hillsborough summons
7:20am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
AROUND 1,200 homes in the town will have had a summons land on their doormat in the last week as coroners seek a 12-strong jury for the Hillsborough inquests.
Following the quashing of the original inquests last year, the families of 96 football fans who died watching Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final, including four from Warrington, have been looking for answers ever since the tragedy in April 1989.
It was announced last month the new inquest in March next year would be held in Warrington meaning the difficult search for jurors, in one of the biggest cases the town has seen, begins.
Elkan Abrahamson, partner at Broudie Jackson Canter Solicitors which is dealing with 19 families caught up in the disaster, said the six to nine month hearing could have a big impact on the town.
He said: “All the families I have spoken to just want to know the truth, they’re not deliberately gunning for any one person.
“It’s about the organisations who made mistakes on the day and then the police cover up afterwards.
“Different families have different views but for me the most unforgivable part of it all is the cover up.
“I think there’s a lot more to come out yet in the inquest.
“I’ve come across statements about the pressure on police officers to change their statement.
“It’s going to be very stressful for the families and some will be there every day while others won’t want to get involved.”
Mr Abrahamson, who had been acting for justice campaigner Anne Williams for 20 years, said the case had always been a part of his life but it had now ‘taken over’.
He added: “Warrington is a good location for the families.
“They were keen for it not to be in Liverpool to avoid anyone later saying ‘What did you expect from a Liverpool jury?’ “People in Warrington are not pro or anti Liverpool but they know the area and can listen without prejudice.
“At the end of the day this is a tragic tale of ordinary people and there is going to be 12 people in Warrington giving up six to nine months of their lives for this.”
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