'Five police officers involved in the Hillsborough disaster and subsequent investigation will not be charged over an alleged “cover-up” over the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.
Three former South Yorkshire Police Officers were investigated by a watchdog, but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it did not recommend prosecution.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) handed over its files on two retired senior police officers from West Midlands Police, who were linked to the first criminal investigation following the FA Cup semi-final in 1989.
They were accused of failing to investigate the cause of the disaster properly, either negligently or to deliberately to help South Yorkshire Police, and submitting a misleading or incomplete file to prosecutors.
The CPS said it had carefully considered tens of thousands of pages of evidence over whether the unnamed men had perverted the course of justice or committed misconduct in public office, but the “evidential threshold for criminal prosecution is not met”.
“Whilst there was found to be some cause for concern in the actions of both suspects, there is insufficient to reach the high threshold required to prove a criminal offence,” a spokesperson added.'
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