08:49 18 September 2013
Following a damning report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel that was published last September, IPCC or the Independent Police Complaints Commission now says that it wants original Hillsborough witnesses to be re-interviewed with the goal to find out what really happened on April 15 1989 that led to the death of 96 fans.
IPCC’s investigation suggests that 41 fans could have been saved and that supporters could have been cleared of any wrongdoing if the investigation was free from flaws. It also found that South Yorkshire Police, who have blamed fans for the incident, had altered more than 200 statements.
Deborah Glass, deputy chair of the IPCC, said: "We are now looking at how West Midlands Police conducted the investigation which supported the Taylor Inquiry and the original inquests.
"We know thousands of people gave eyewitness accounts to that investigation. We want to speak to those people about their experiences of dealing with West Midlands Police. We also know some of you may have never been able to give your account. This is your opportunity."
The police watchdog added that it wished to speak to thousands of people who served as witnesses either in writing, via telephone, or interviews.
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