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European Cup Final (Offences)

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 18 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for reports from the chief constable of Merseyside and from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to progress with their inquiries into allegeged criminal offences in connection with the disaster at the Liverpool v. Juventus European Cup Final in Brussels on 25 May; and if he will make a statement.

The police investigation is aimed at identifying English football supporters who are suspected of criminal offences in the Heysel stadium and then interviewing them in order to obtain evidence on which extradition proceedings might be based. I understand that these inquiries, which are being carried out in close co-operation with the Belgian authorities, are unlikely to be completed for some weeks, but the Department is keeping in close touch with their progress.