Hillsborough 25th anniversary service tickets released

Fans holding scarves at 24th Hillsborough memorial service Ninety-six Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush during an FA Cup match at Hillsborough in 1989

Tickets for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster have been released.

The Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) event, taking place at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium at 14:45 GMT on 15 April, is free of charge.

Tickets, limited to four per application, can be collected from Anfield's box office until 31 March.

Margaret Aspinall, of HFSG, said they "will turn on a light for each life that was extinguished prematurely".

She added: "We expect the service to be busy so we urge you to obtain your ticket as early as possible and only request the amount of tickets you need."

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush during an FA Cup semi-final at the Sheffield stadium in 1989.

The 1990 Taylor Report concluded the main cause of the disaster was the failure of police control.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel report, published in September 2012, also cleared Liverpool supporters of wrongdoing and found that 116 police statements were "substantially altered" in an attempt to blame fans for the disaster.

A service is held annually at Anfield to remember those who lost their lives.

Fresh inquests into the deaths are set to begin on 31 March.

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