Bromsgrove Hillsborough victim's sister calls for fresh inquests

By Carl Jackson Wednesday 12 December 2012 Updated: 15/12 00:51

THE SISTER of a Bromsgrove Hillsborough victim has welcomed the call for fresh inquests for the 96 fans who died and warned the public has only seen 'the tip of the iceberg'.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve is set to argue for the original verdicts to be quashed at the High Court on Wednesday (December 19).

Louise Brookes, sister of Andrew Brookes, said a decision for new inquests would be ‘fantastic’ although she could not see any other outcome following the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which found a mass cover-up and an attempt to blame fans for the tragedy in 1989.

Ms Brookes told The Standard: “There’s no way they could refuse. The whole country would be in uproar after that report. We’ve got so much much new evidence, especially in Andrew’s case.”

The Sidemoor resident also thinks the public will be surprised by the level of new information.

“I don’t think people understand the severity of it. Its really shocking.

“There’s a lot of new medical and non-medical evidence. It’s powerful stuff.

“If people were shocked before, they are in for a whole lot more.” she added.

Louise was 17-years-old when Andrew lost his life, and she has taken on the mantle to fight for justice for her brother, from her mum who has sadly passed away since.

“I wasn’t at the original inquest. My parents protected me from all that, so this is all new to me. It is hard.

“I’m not just doing it for my brother, I am doing this for my family.

“My mum supported me so much. I have a duty to them.” said Ms Brookes.

After a 23-year wait for the truth to surface after the panel’s report, Louise said the sooner new inquests were held the better, although she added it was important new verdicts were not rushed and were got right this time round.

Ms Brookes also expressed her concern for other fans who walked away from the collapsed Leppings lane terrace.

“I really feel for the guys who were at Hillsborough with Andrew, its not just about my family. I do worry about the impact on them and what its doing to them, with it all been dragged up. You here a lot about survivors guilt.”

On another related topic, The Hillsborough Families Support Group (HFSG) has shown outrage at a new pilot scheme to re-introduce designated standing areas back to football grounds.

The project has been back by 13 football clubs, with Aston Villa, the most high profile among them.

But Ms Brookes does not share the same reservations as the rest of the HFSG.

“I don’t believe the actual standing is the problem, it is the greed of the clubs.

“If they sold the amount of tickets for the area it is safely equipped to hold, then I don’t see a problem.

“Hillsborough was a combination of the ground not being safe and greed.” she added.

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