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Hillsborough: Police Notebooks Handed In
Dozens of police notebooks that could contain vital new information about the Hillsborough disaster have been recovered by investigators.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said 90 pocket notebooks had been handed in to South Yorkshire Police by retired and serving officers.
The force has also found boxes of notebooks and other documents which could also contain important details.
Deputy chairwoman of the IPCC Deborah Glass said: "This is an ongoing criminal investigation the like of which has never been seen before in this country.
"Hillsborough has had a history of inquiries by the police and others, many completed quickly, coming to flawed conclusions. Our investigations need to deliver the last, definitive account."
Last month the IPCC revealed that at least one officer made a note of what happened that day, against instructions, and that none of the previous investigations had recovered any such notebooks.
The disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989, is now at the centre of the biggest ever inquiry into police conduct in the UK.
The IPCC said it has uncovered evidence to suggest that the statements of 74 more officers might have been changed, and that fans' witness accounts could also have been altered.
This is on top of the 164 police statements that were previously said to have been amended.
Investigators are to appeal for witnesses in relation to how West Midlands Police ran their inquiry into the handling of the disaster by South Yorkshire Police.
Ms Glass said: "This appeal, which will be launched next week, forms a crucial element to our investigation. We want to hear people's experiences of that process.
"We have already had a number of people contact us with concerns that their statements were amended and we have no doubt there are others who have not contacted us.
"We want to be able to present as full as possible a picture of witness evidence, both for the inquests and the criminal investigations."
Liverpool Football Club is expected to promote the appeal during the team's home match against Southampton on September 21.