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Liverpool fan’s death ruled as 97th of Hillsborough disaster

Liverpool coroner’s court rules Andrew Devine, 55, unlawfully killed by effects of crush 32 years earlierA coroner has ruled that Andrew Devine, 55, who has died 32 years after suffering severe and irreversible brain damage at Hillsborough in 1989, was…

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Marcus Rashford mural damage ‘not believed to be of racial nature’, say police

Officers investigating damage to Manchester artwork keeping open mind over motiveThe vandalism of a mural of England footballer Marcus Rashford was “not believed to be of a racial nature”, police have said as they appealed for witnesses.The artwork was…

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Police officer guilty of manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson

PC Benjamin Monk of West Mercia force convicted at Birmingham crown court of 2016 killing‘On his day, he was unbelievable’: the career of Dalian AtkinsonA police officer has been convicted of the manslaughter of the former professional footballer Dalia…

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South Yorkshire police agree payouts for Hillsborough ‘cover-up’

More than 600 people to be compensated over false police campaign that sought to blame victims for disasterSouth Yorkshire police has agreed a settlement with more than 600 people to compensate them for the false police campaign that sought to avoid re…

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‘Judicial’ Hillsborough inquiry questionnaires cast doubt on trial ruling

Surveys sent to witnesses ‘contradict’ argument given for halting trial of two ex-police officers and solicitor Further doubt has been cast on the ruling that stopped the trial of two former South Yorkshire police officers and the force’s ex-lawyer on …

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The collapse of the last Hillsborough trial shows our legal system is broken | Andy Burnham

It’s time to pass a law to make sure no bereaved family is ever again callously made to relive their trauma in courtBack in 2009, on the evening of the 20th anniversary, I made a promise to the Hillsborough families at Liverpool town hall that I would …

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Hillsborough: mayors accuse QC of ‘repeating lies’ about Liverpool fans

Call for barrister defending South Yorkshire police’s former solicitor to retract comments and apologiseThe mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool city region have formally complained to the Bar Standards Board about comments by a QC appearing …

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Hillsborough: last chance of justice slips away for bereaved families

The acquittal of two ex-South Yorkshire police officers in relation to the 1989 stadium tragedy is the final blow for campaignersSteve Kelly, 68, was 35 when he lost his older brother Mike in the Hillsborough stadium disaster. Along with the families o…

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Hillsborough: why has the trial collapsed and what happens next?

Bereaved families react with dismay after a judge rules former police officers have no case to answerA judge has stopped the trial of two former South Yorkshire police officers and the force’s former solicitor, who had been charged with perverting the …

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No criminality in video of Rangers players after title win, police say

Glasgow club starts legal action against ‘individuals’ over alleged sectarian language despite decisionRangers has said it is taking legal action against “certain individuals” after police found no criminality in a video that appeared to show players u…

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UK’s first football hate crime officer turns focus on social media

Stuart Ward of West Midlands police aims to stamp out racist abuse in grounds and online to bring back community spiritSince starting his role as the UK’s first football hate crime officer earlier this month, PC Stuart Ward has been busier than expecte…

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Ministers promise crackdown on online racism against black footballers

Marcus Rashford describes racist abuse as ‘humanity and social media at its worst’Ministers have vowed to crack down on online racism levelled at footballers as Manchester police confirmed they were launching an investigation into the racial abuse a nu…

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Police investigating racist social media abuse of Manchester United players

Marcus Rashford among high-profile players to speak out‘We will be investigating these crimes thoroughly,’ say policeGreater Manchester police have confirmed they are investigating racist comments sent to a number of Manchester United players over soci…

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Ighalo calls Nigerian government ‘shame to the world’ as athletes condemn police brutality – video

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo says he is ashamed of the Nigerian government after reports that soldiers opened fire on those protesting against police brutality in the country’s largest city, Lagos.Nigerians have been demonstrating n…

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Hate crimes recorded at one in 10 football games in England and Wales

Verified incidents reported at 287 matches out of total of 2,663 fixtures in 2019-20 seasonOne in 10 football fixtures in the 2019-20 season had an incident of hate crime in England and Wales, data gathered by the police, the FA and anti-discrimination…

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Leeds defend decision to put players on open-top bus outside Elland Road

Club says it was to encourage supporters to go homeArrests also made outside Anfield after Liverpool fans gatheredLeeds have defended the decision to parade the Championship trophy on an open-top bus after arrests were made during title celebrations ou…

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Merseyside police warns Liverpool fans not to gather outside Anfield

Liverpool will receive the Premier League trophy on WednesdayPolice anxious to avoid repeat of last month’s scenes The chief constable of Merseyside police has warned Liverpool fans that his officers “will take action” should crowds gather outside Anfi…

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Met police apologise for handcuffing athlete Bianca Williams

Commissioner says incident involving British athlete has been referred to watchdogThe Metropolitan police have apologised to Bianca Williams, the British athlete who was stopped and handcuffed by police alongside her partner and baby son, the force’s c…

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Met police deny misconduct after Linford Christie athletes stopped

Pair trained by Olympic champion consider legal action over incident in west LondonTwo black athletes trained by former Olympic champion Linford Christie who were stopped and handcuffed by police officers while with their three-month-old son are consid…

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‘White Lives Matter’ plane organiser says police have offered protection

Burnley supporter says 60 people contributed to Premier League game stunt A man who said he organised the “White Lives Matter Burnley” stunt, in which an aircraft towed a banner bearing words over a Premier League match on Monday, said police have offe…