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Hillsborough inquest jury to visit stadium

The jury in the fresh inquests into the Hillsborough tragedy is set to make a site visit to the stadium, but should not read the "deeply moving" tributes on the memorial to the disaster, a coroner has heard.

Christina Lambert QC, counsel to the inquests, said there was "broad agreement" on the parts of the stadium and local areas that should be viewed by the jury in the early stages of the inquests, scheduled to start at the end of next month.

"Our view is that it is reasonable for the jury to view the current police box even though its location is not precisely as it was in 1989," she told a pre-inquest hearing in central London.

"We also consider that it would appropriate for the jury to see the memorial but not to read the tributes.

"The reason that we make this final observation is because the jury must remain objective and must be seen to be objective in their approach to the issues.

"Having visited the memorial myself there is no doubt that the tributes made there are deeply moving."

The hearing was told a 3D computer generated model of the stadium was being prepared as an aid to the inquests, along with a 2D computer presentation depicting "key individuals" and the movements of each of the 96 victims.

Ms Lambert said the fresh inquest must conclude in a "reasonable time frame".

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