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Sister of town Hillsborough victim vows to continue justice fight
THE sister of Andrew Brookes, the Bromsgrove man who lost his life in the Hillsborough tragedy, says she believes the release of previously unseen documents on the disaster will not bring closure.
Louise Brookes, 41, says she is sceptical over what will be published, calling for a new inquiry to be set up.
Andrew was 26 when he was killed at the FA Cup semi-final staged at the Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, in 1989.
The Hillsborough tragedy claimed 96 lives and is the worst stadium disaster in British history.
A 23-year wait for the families and survivors is set to come to an end today, (September 12), with the release of 400,000 pages of secret documents from 80 different organisations.
An independent panel has spent the past two years probing the once hidden papers, and will release a report on their most important findings.
Ahead of the release, campaigners have not ruled out taking legal action against senior officials found responsible for serious failings.
Speaking to the Advertiser Ms Brookes, who lives in Bromsgrove, said she simply wanted the truth to come out.
“I have always believed there was something incriminating to Thatcher and the Government, so I am sceptical what will be revealed,” she said.
“I have faith in the panel, but this won’t bring closure.
“The problem is a younger generation saw it blamed on drunk, ticketless fans and believed the lies that were said.
“I want a new inquiry.
“People say it is time to stop - when there have been so many lies told you can’t let it go.
“It won’t bring my brother back, he is at peace now, but I know my brother would have done the same for me.”
Ms Brookes said many people had forgotten that the tragedy did not just affect Liverpool families.
“We feel like the forgotten families.
“It affected the whole country, not just families in Liverpool.
“I feel sorry for the survivors, including the four who travelled with my brother.
“They have to live with it every single day.
“We all deserve justice.”