The police made 'strenuous attempts' to deflect blame from their organisational failings which led to the Hillsborough disaster, a new report has revealed.
The families of the 96 dead in the 1989 tragedy had campaigned to get the previously secret report made public.
Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement: "Today's report is black and white. The Liverpool fans were not at fault for the disaster."
Key findings include:
- 116 of the 164 South Yorkshire Police statements were doctored to remove unfavourable comments.
- There was "no evidence of substance" to support the police account that alcohol and fan aggression played a part in the disaster.
- Police carried out criminal record checks on the dead to attempt to sour their names.
- A number of the dead survived "for a significant period" beyond the 3.15pm cut-off point imposed at the original inquest.
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