Hillsborough's 96 victims to be posthumously awarded the Freedom of Liverpool

Only last month, an inquest into the deaths revealed the 96 fans were "unlawfully killed"

Hillsborough's 96 victims to be posthumously awarded the Freedom of Liverpool

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The 96 football fans who died as a result of a crush in the Lepping's Lane end of Hillsborough at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final are to be given the Freedom of Liverpool.

Inquest results revealed last month that the Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed. The results ended over 27-years of hurt for the families of the deceased, after the fans were originally blamed for the crush.

It was also announced that Professor Phil Scraton, the former Bishop of Liverpool James Jones and the then-Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, along with his wife Marina will also be given the honour.

The families of the Hillsborough victims were awarded the Freedom of Liverpool in 2009.

Scraton is been given the honour for being one of the leading campaigners for justice in the campaign. He was the author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report in 2012.

Bishop Jones chaired the Independent Panel's report. It was that report, that led to the original inquest results being quashed less than three months later.

Kenny Dalglish managed Liverpool at the time of the tragedy. Along with his wife Marina, Dalglish represented the club at the funerals of the victims and was one of the main voices in the search for justice.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson gave his reasons on Friday morning for bestowing the honour.

"We want to bestow the honour on those who died, together with a number of people who have played a pivotal role over many, many years – not just in the Hillsborough campaign, but who, through their actions, have enhanced the life of the city as well."