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Primary author of Hillsborough Independent Panel report visited UCLan

14 February 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Professor Phil Scraton gave a free public lecture

Pic: L-R Sue Roberts, Secretary of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Professor Phil Scraton, Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and Senior Law Lecturer Helen Codd at the 'Hillsborough: Resisting Injustice, Recovering Truth’ public lecture in UCLan’s Harrington Lecture Theatre.

 

The primary author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report gave a free public lecture at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Phil Scraton, Professor of Criminology at Queens’ University in Belfast, discussed 'Hillsborough: Resisting Injustice, Recovering Truth’ as part of UCLan’s Distinguished Visitor Programme.

He was joined for the popular lecture by Hillsborough Family Support Group Chair Margaret Aspinall, Secretary Sue Roberts and other Hillsborough family members and survivors.

Professor Scraton headed the Panel’s research into the tragedy that led to the deaths of 96 men, women and children on 15 April 1989. Hundreds of Liverpool fans were injured and thousands traumatised. Throughout the investigations and inquiries, those who died and survived were vilified amid police allegations of drunkenness, violence, criminal and abusive behaviour.

The families’ unrelenting campaign for truth led to disclosure of all existing documents to an Independent Panel. Its definitive report revealed institutional mendacity, corrupted evidence and partial investigation. This brought an unreserved Government apology, new inquests, a criminal investigation into all agencies involved and an unprecedented IPCC investigation into 2,000 police officers.

In this talk he reflected on the long-term campaign for truth, gave details of the Panel’s extensive findings and considered the implications for challenging institutional injustice and holding State institutions to account.