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Hearing over Birmingham bombings
10 Feb 2016 13:01
A hearing into a possible resumption of the inquests relating to the Birmingham Pub bombings has been told that the investigation into the event is not closed.
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The Senior Coroner for Birmingham is hearing evidence from families who want the inquest reopened.
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21 people died and 180 were injured when the IRA bombs went off in two pubs in the city centre in November 1974.
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An inquest into the bomb blasts was opened in 1975 but adjourned because the case was the subject of a criminal investigation.
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That investigation led to the wrongful conviction of six Irishmen who served 16 years in prison until they were released in 1991.
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The adjourned inquest was never resumed.
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No one has subsequently been charged in relation to the event.
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This morning the families of three people killed in the double bombing will be among those who argue that the inquest into the deaths should be re-opened.
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They hope it may bring them somewhat closer to finding out what happened that night.
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The coroners judgement on whether or not a new inquest should be held will be delivered on 24 February.
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Asked about reports in the media in recent weeks that there are continuing investigations into the bombings, counsel representing the West Midlands Police said that in April 2014 the West Midlands Chief Constable said 'it's always possible that brand new and significant information could become available to us. Let me be clear this case is not closed".
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