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Last Updated: Friday, 15 April, 2005, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Service marks Hillsborough deaths
Hillsborough tragedy
It is 16 years since the Hillsborough tragedy
A service remembering the victims of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster in Sheffield took place at Liverpool FC's ground on Friday.

Relatives of the disaster's 96 victims attended the service marking its 16th anniversary.

Staff and players also attended the annual service in the afternoon.

The fans were killed in the Leppings Lane terrace at the start of the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989.

Taylor Report

A minute's silence was observed at 1506 BST - the time of the tragedy.

The service ended with the singing of You'll Never Walk Alone.

Ninety-five fans died immediately after the disaster, while another victim Tony Bland, who was left in a coma by the tragedy, died in 1993 after a House of Lords ruling that artificial feeding and hydration was "medical treatment" which could be removed.

Lord Taylor's report into the disaster in 1989 criticised the senior officers on duty for a "failure to control", but an inquest two years later ruled the deaths were accidental and no prosecutions were brought.

The report criticised senior police officers and brought about the introduction of all-seater stadia.

Over the last decade and a half, the Hillsborough Family Support Group has campaigned, claiming the truth about the tragedy has not been revealed.




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