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Echo: Hillsborough inquests latest
Aug 15th 2013, 10:12

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The final hearing ahead of the fresh inquests into the Hillsborough disaster will be held on October 7, the ECHO has learned.

Coroner Lord Justice Goldring is expected to clarify various aspects of the process relating to the inquests, including where exactly they will be held.

Families had hoped they would learn the venue, which will be somewhere in the North West, over the summer.

But they now believe the October hearing in London will provide answers on that question, as well as several other key issues to be considered at the full inquests, due to start by March 31 next year.

Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group Margaret Aspinall said: "We think we will probably have to wait until then.

"It is quite frustrating as we had hoped it would be sorted out by now, but as long as it goes ahead we will be satisfied.

"We expect this will be the last one before the full inquests themselves get under way.

"There will be a lot of significant new information to take in and directions made by the coroner."

Legal teams representing all the interested parties, including the family, the FA and South Yorkshire Police, are expected to put forward submissions.

The teams from the separate IPCC inquiry into allegations of a police cover-up and Operation Resolve, which is looking at events surrounding the disaster as a whole, are also set to present evidence.

At the last preliminary hearing in June it was suggested the scope of the new inquests could include re-examining decisions made by original coroner Dr Stefan Popper, including the taking of blood alcohol samples from victims.

Mrs Aspinall said: "I hope we will hear that it has been decided these issues should be looked at.

"The actions of the coroner in taking the blood alcohol, and imposing the 3.15pm cut-off for evidence which was so damaging last time, should be part of the new process. I can't see how they could not be considered."

Previous hearings have been held in the Principal Registry of the Family Division, but families have been told October's hearing will instead be at the Thistle hotel, Marble Arch.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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