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Hillsborough panel publishes papers
THE families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster have seen papers, disclosed for the first time, into what happened 23-years-ago.
Ninety-six Liverpool fans died at the FA Cup semi final against Nottingham Forest in 1989.
Since then, the families have been searching for the truth as to what happened on that April day.
For 18 months, the Hillsborough Independent Panel has been analysing around 400,000 pages of documents.
Ever since the tragedy, supporters and families of those who were at Hillsborough have demanded answers from South Yorkshire Police and the role Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government played in behind the scenes discussions.
There were a number of fans from St Helens in the stadium, including David Hawley and Nicholas Joynes, who both lost their lives.
David, who was 39 and from Thatto Heath, was a friend of MP Dave Watts, who has been a vocal campaigner for the release of the documents.
Nicholas Joynes was just 27 when he died at the semi-final, just six months after getting married.
His parents, Patricia and Peter, who live in Sutton, have been heavily involved in calls for disclosure. The documents are on show at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.