Jury at Hillsborough inquests into deaths of 96 Liverpool fans begin deliberations

A Liverpool football club supporter looks at floral tributes and memorabilia ahead of a memorial service to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on April 15, 2009
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The jury at the Hillsborough inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans retires to consider its verdicts.

The jury at the new inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters at Hillsborough stadium has retired to consider its verdicts.

The seven women and three men have been asked to answer a 14-section questionnaire, which includes deciding on whether the supporters were unlawfully killed in the tragedy in 1989.

After two years of evidence and 308 days in a converted courtroom in Warrington, the fresh inquests, which were granted after evidence of an alleged police cover-up emerged, are edging towards a conclusion.

Coroner Sir John Goldring told the jury: "Juries are a random selection of members of the public of all ages and backgrounds. They have to work together in the interests of justice. We are conscious that you have devoted a very large part of your lives to these inquests.

"It requires you to make your decisions together. It requires you to put to one side any personal issues which can sometimes arise."

The 96 Liverpool fans died after a crush in the overcrowded central "pens" in the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday's stadium during the Reds' FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

Within the questionnaire, the jurors will be asked to decide whether errors were made by the South Yorkshire Police in their planning for the match or if they contributed to the "dangerous situation".

The original inquests in 1991 delivered a verdict of accidental deaths.

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