Football: Hillsborough disaster verdict 'justice at last'

Relatives hold up a scarf after the jury delivered its verdict at the new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster, in Warrington, Britain
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LONDON - Reaction after an English inquest jury found Tuesday that the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium crush had been unlawfully killed, and blamed the police for the disaster: "Thank you, thank you" - Response from one member of the public gallery when the verdict of unlawful killing was announced.

"Justice for the 96" - Chant repeated by relatives and friends outside the courtroom in Warrington, near Liverpool, after the verdict was announced.

"You'll Never Walk Alone" - Relatives and friends sing the Liverpool anthem outside the courtroom.

"I think we've changed a part of history now." - Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall, outside court "We've done it." - Trevor Hicks, the president of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, whose teenage daughters Sarah and Vicki died in the disaster.

"Never forgotten" Caption accompanying photographs of all the 96 fans on Liverpool foorball club's website.

"Landmark day as the Hillsborough inquest provides long overdue justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the tragic disaster.

"I would like to pay tribute to the extraordinary courage of Hillsborough campaigners in their long search for the truth." - British Prime Minister David Cameron "Fantastic to see the reaction of the families outside the court! Very emotional as well. The truth is out AT LAST. Take note all the doubters!" - John Aldridge, a member of the Liverpool team that played Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough on the ill-fated day.

"Finally, thankfully, justice for the 96! Rest in peace." - Former England striker turned BBC television football presenter Gary Lineker.

"This has been the greatest miscarriage of justice of our times. But, finally, it is over." - Labour MP Andy Burnham, who has supported the families' campaign for fresh inquests.

"In due course the CPS will formally consider whether any criminal charges should be brought against any individual or corporate body based upon all the available evidence." - Sue Hemming, head of the special crime and counter terrorism division at England's Crown Prosecution Service.

"Finally and way, way, way overdue, the truth prevails and justice is served. jft96." - Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen "Everton Football Club salutes the Hillsborough families and their total vindication as Fighters for Justice. Theirs is the greatest victory in the history of football.

"RIP, the 96. Good night, God bless. From us across the Park." - Statement issued by Everton, whose Goodison ground is on the other side of Stanley Park from city rivals Liverpool's Anfield base.

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