Birmingham pub bombing inquests

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  2. Birmingham pub bombings: Call for public inquiry welcomed

    Families of 21 people killed when bombs exploded in Birmingham have welcomed a call by the West Midlands Mayor for a public inquiry.


    Inquests earlier this year ruled the victims were unlawfully killed but did not establish who was responsible.

    A service was held at memorial trees on Grand Central Plaza outside New Street station on Thursday to mark the 45th anniversary of the bombings.


    Speaking at the service Andy Street said everyone hoped for closure.

    "I've discussed that situation with the last three home secretaries and against that background, I've come to the conclusion that the time is now right for a panel-led, open public inquiry into what happened here that night."

    Andy Street
  3. Pub bombings investigation 'should be handed over'

    Families of victims killed in the Birmingham Pub Bombings have called for the police investigation to be handed over to another force.

    It comes exactly 45 years after the bombs that killed 21 people in two pubs and injured 220 others.

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    At an inquest into the deaths of the 21 victims earlier this year, a jury decided that the IRA was responsible but did not name the alleged perpetrators.

    Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine was one of the those killed, said the investigation "could and should be passed on to an independent force".

    West Midlands Police says its investigation is "live and active".

    Julie Hambleton
  4. Birmingham pub bombings: Inquests 'cost police £217k'

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    Tom Dare

    The inquests this year into the Birmingham pub bombings cost West Midlands Police nearly £217,000.

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    Chief Constable Dave Thompson revealed the figure at a strategic policing and crime board meeting this week.

    A five-week hearing was held earlier this year into the deaths of 21 people in the attacks on two pubs in the city centre in November 1974.

    The jury concluded that the victims were unlawfully killed and murdered by the IRA but no errors were made by the police in the way they responded.

    Mr Thompson added that the figure didn't cover the costs to the force of helping the coroner and they would need to spend more in further investigating the bombings.

  5. Birmingham pub bombings: 'Why I think there is a cover-up'

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    More than 44 years after the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings killed 21 people, an inquest into the deaths was re-opened.

    The inquest jurors concluded there were no errors in the way police responded to an IRA warning call and their actions did not contribute to the loss of life.

    Several weeks on, Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine died in the bombings, has told Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur why she believes obstacles put in front of her legal fight to get justice for her sibling is evidence of a cover-up by the British authorities.

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    Video caption: Julie Hambleton speaking to Stephen Sackur

    The senior counsel to the coroner had told the inquest there was no evidence of any state agent or informant having knowledge of the bombings.

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    Video caption: Birmingham pub bombings: Why I think there is a cover-up

    Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine died in the 1974 bombings on her fight for answers.

  7. Coming up on BBC One: 'The Pub Bombings'

    Families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings say they are still determined to see those responsible brought to justice.

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    Video caption: Families call on police to bring bombers to justice

    In all, 21 people were killed in two explosions in the city in November 1974.

    Speaking at the end of the inquests on Friday, Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine died in the bombings, said, "this is just the beginning".

    Tonight there's a special programme that takes a look behind the scenes of the long campaign by families.

    The Pub Bombings can be viewed in the Midlands on BBC One at 19:30 and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.