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Regional daily staff assist with Hillsborough inquiry

Interviews with regional journalists which form part of a probe into the police’s handling of the Hillsborough disaster are “progressing well”, according to investigators.

Current and former reporters at The Star, Sheffield, have been interviewed about the information they received from police officers while covering the aftermath of the 1989 tragedy, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football supporters at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium.

As part of its investigation, the Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into allegations that misleading information was passed to the media, MPs, parliament and the inquiries set up immediately after the disaster.

Other areas covered by the inquiry include alleged amendments to police accounts of the disaster, the actions of police officers and allegations that family members of the victims and campaigners were subject to surveillance.

Rachel Cerfontyne, deputy chairman of the IPCC, said: “Our enquiries with journalists from the Sheffield Star have progressed well and we will be moving on to those who worked for national media outlets who covered the disaster at the time.”

An IPCC spokesman added: “Interviews with former and current Sheffield Star journalists who reported on the disaster are progressing well.

“The focus will now turn to obtaining and analysing coverage of the disaster from the regional and national media, including broadcast outlets, as well as speaking to the relevant journalists and production staff.”