Birmingham pub bombings – families let down. Again.

Inquests into deaths of 21 people in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings are to be reopened, a coroner has ruled.

Louise Hunt said there had been a “wealth of evidence that still has not been heard” about the atrocities.  The hearing was told that an overheard conversation was reported to police on 10 November 1974, 11 days before the bombings, but Ms Hunt said there was “no indication that the police took any active steps in response to it”.  On the day of the attack, a second tip-off to the police was not followed up, she added.

Ms Hunt went on: “I have serious concerns that advanced notice of the bombs may have been available to the police and that they failed to take the necessary steps to protect life.”

The double bombing on 21 November 1974 is widely acknowledged to have been the work of the IRA.

It was the worst terrorist attack on the British mainland until the London 7/7 bombings and left 21 dead and 182 injured.

Yet again families were left floundering on their own, without the right to legal representation, when facing the Coroner’s Court and the Police Federation.

When will matters change and our Ministry of Justice realises that, at the very least, it is a false economy to deny funding to families for legal representation at Inquests?

 

Hilary Meredith