Hillsborough inquest: criminal charges could follow unlawful killing verdict

Police officers could face criminal charges after an inquest jury ruled that the 96 victims of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster were unlawfully killed.

Relatives of the Liverpool supporters who were crushed to death at an FA Cup semi-final in 1989 sobbed, cheered and applauded the jury as it found that officers were guilty of gross negligence and that fans’ behaviour played no part in the tragedy.

Senior officers – at least one of whom has admitted lying about the day’s events – have been interviewed under criminal caution by investigators examining manslaughter charges.