The hunt for Hillsborough truth

The Hillsborough Files are recommended reading for anyone with an interest in justice.

So you would expect that the lawyer who was yesterday named in the explosive report as advising on the alteration of police statements in the aftermath of the disaster would have scoured the damning 389-page findings.

Apparently not.

Peter Metcalf, a former senior partner at Squire Sanders legacy firm Hammond Suddards, told The Lawyer he hadn’t read the report, which found negative comments about the policing operation were removed after South Yorkshire Police sought independent legal advice from Metcalf.

Many voices are demanding criminal investigations on the back of the Hillsborough report, calling the response to the tragedy that claimed the lives of 96 football fans “the biggest cover-up in British history”.

Light has finally been shone on the darkest day in British football history, but with Lords Falconer and Macdonald urging prosecutions this is one cover-up an apology won’t solve.

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