Coroner receives ‘significant’ information on the Birmingham pub bombings

Birmingham Pub Bombingssource: BT News
published: 12 May 2016

A “significant” piece of information has been sent to the coroner who is considering reopening the Birmingham pub bombings inquests.

Senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull Louise Hunt said she received “sensitive information” from an undisclosed source in a submission sent to her office on April 27, just days before a key hearing.

Speaking on Thursday ahead of what is due to be her final decision on whether to reopen the inquests on June 1, Ms Hunt added the material was “significant” and related to an allegation the security services had some advanced notice of the deadly bombings on the night of November 21 1974.

She said: “It’s significant and does raise concerns in relation to potential advanced notice. That’s as much as I can say.”

Ms Hunt said she was not aware the information had ever appeared in the public domain. Lawyers for the families of the 21 people killed in the double bombing of the Tavern in the Town and Mulberry Bush pubs in 1974, have already alleged the security services may have had prior knowledge of the attacks.

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