Jury out at Hillsborough inquests

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The inquests into the deaths of 96 fans have been the longest in UK legal history

The jury at the Hillsborough inquests into deaths of 96 Liverpool fans has been sent out to start deliberating after hearing two years of evidence.

The seven women and three men will respond to a 14-section questionnaire on how the supporters died.

One question asks if the fans were unlawfully killed in the 1989 disaster.

Jurors will also decide if fans’ behaviour added to a dangerous situation outside the stadium in Sheffield.

Liverpool had been due to play Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989.

But police asked for the match to be stopped six minutes in after noticing a crush on the terraces occupied by Liverpool fans.

Four hundred people needed hospital treatment after Britain’s worst sports stadium disaster.

The hearings are the longest running inquests in British legal history.

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Coroner Sir John Goldring sent the jury out at 14:05 BST on Wednesday

Since the inquests began on 31 March 2014, the jury has heard from more than 500 witnesses, been shown more than 4,000 documents and watched footage from the day of the disaster.

The coroner, Sir John Goldring, began his summing up on 25 January and has been speaking to the jury for 25 days in total.

The youngest person to die in the disaster was 10-year-old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, while the oldest was Gerard Baron, 67.

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