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Families and friends of the 21 people who lost their lives in the Birmingham pub bombings are heading to the inquests into their deaths. The hearings could last five weeks.
The inquests are underway with the selection of a jury. Majority of press in an overflow room at Birmingham’s Civil Justice Centre due to major interest. Coroner makes it clear it could last up to eight weeks - but mostly likely six.
Coroner Peter Thornton begins his remarks by reminding the jury that this one hearing is about “21 separate lives lost from two terrible events in Birmingham.” A minutes silence is then held after the names of those killed are read out.
PT: “Nobody is on trial... there is no question of attributing blame to any individual. There is no question of seeking to identify the perpetrators of the bombings.”
PT: “It was a normal Thursday evening... Both pubs were quite popular with young people - 12 who died were under 25... These were massive explosions.... This is something the city of Birmingham has suffered for many years.”
PT: “Nobody has been successfully convicted of these killings. That is very hard for the families - indeed for the people of Birmingham.”
PT: “Very few witnesses will be called because of the very real risk of distress in asking witnesses to relive their terrible experiences.”
Jury now released for the day. Proceedings will resume at 10am tomorrow.
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