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Hillsborough: 'Police May Have Edited Video'
Police video of the Hillsborough tragedy may have been edited after the event and more police statements were altered than first assumed, a pre-inquest hearing has heard.
Pete Weatherby QC, representing the families of 21 of the 96 victims, revealed an expert witness had looked at the hand-held video and concluded the pictures may have been edited.
He asked for an audiovisual expert to be among those to give evidence to the inquest to ensure that the best possible copies were shown to the jury.
It was also disclosed that 74 more police statements were allegedly altered than originally thought.
Speaking outside Liverpool Crown Court, Sky's North of England correspondent Becky Johnson said: "If this (claims of edited video) proves to be true it brings a whole new dimension in the police cover-up that we knew took place.
"We already knew 164 statements had been altered after the event. This raises the total number to 238 statements known to have been tampered with; in most cases to edit out criticisms of South Yorkshire Police."
Of the 238 officers accused of tampering with statements, some 220 are still alive and 57 have already been interviewed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The coroner overseeing the new inquests, Lord Justice John Goldring, reassured the victims' families he remains "committed" to ensuring they start next spring.
They are due to be held in Warrington, Cheshire, starting on March 31 - shortly before the 25th anniversary of the disaster which happened on April 15, 1989, during Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.
Steven Kelly, who lost his brother Michael in the disaster, told Sky News: "It's so shocking. Every new inquest into Hillsborough there is new evidence which suggests a cover-up.
"It's interesting today to hear of the amount of police notebooks which were tampered with and allegations that cameras have been tampered with. It's frightening, really.
"Looking at Lord Justice Goldring's performance today, he's truly got a grip on it and is determined to run the inquest his way. I have total confidence in him and our legal team to get to the bottom of it.
"I'm pleased the legal team have found this new evidence and I'm sure they'll get the right experts to find out if they have been tampered with".
The IPCC hopes to complete all police interviews by February 2014 before the new inquest begins in March.
The inquest will be held in front of a jury and is expected to last six to nine months.