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Terminally ill Chester mum's plea for justice

Published date: 20 November 2012 |
Published by: Jim Green
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Anne Williams 

A CHESTER mum who lost her 15-year-old son in the Hillsborough disaster has made a desperate plea for help in her fight for justice before she dies.

More than 90,000 people have now backed calls for terminal cancer sufferer Anne Williams to be granted her dying wish of a fresh inquest into the death of her son Kevin.

The 60-year-old, who has since left her home in Newtown to be cared for at a hospice in Southport, is now just 10,000 signatures away from sparking a parliamentary debate.

Mrs Williams’ son Kevin was among the 96 supporters who died in the stadium disaster in April, 1989 with the original inquest ruling he died accidentally.

Mrs Williams has spent more than 20 years fighting the coroner’s findings and campaigning for a second inquest into her son’s death.

Her battle looked to be over when attorney general Dominic Grieve said he believed the original inquests should be quashed on the back of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report.

But Mrs Williams has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is facing a race against time to secure a second inquest into her son’s death.

She said on Twitter this week: “Please help – I would love to have my inquest before I die.”

Her supporters set up an online petition demanding Kevin’s new inquest be brought forward with Mrs Williams’ solicitor believing the original verdict could be quashed before Christmas.

Mr Grieve said he was “deeply saddened” to hear Mrs Williams had been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

His office said: “He recognises the additional urgency this sad news brings to the process and will make his application as soon as he possibly can.”

Should the online petition reach 100,000 signatures, the call for Kevin’s inquest to be fast tracked would be considered for a parliamentary debate.

The petition reads: “We would like to give her something back for all the hard work and motherly love she has displayed over these 23 years.

“We feel it should be paramount that Kevin’s inquest is dealt with as soon as possible.”

The Hillsborough Independent Panel report found that as many as 41 fans could have been saved and a police cover-up took place to shift the blame on to the victims.

Last month, Mrs Williams told the Leader she believed even more damning revelations are to emerge when the new inquests are held.

She said: “There will be a whole new can of worms opened when the new inquests get under way, I am certain of that.

“There will be evidence of further failings and cover-ups which will come to light, important information which we have known for the last 23 years.

“The failings revealed recently were just the tip of the iceberg, there is a lot more to come.

“Kevin could have been saved that day. I am still fighting and will continue to fight until we get all of the truth.”

Anyone wanting to sign the online petition can go to http://epetitions.direct. gov.uk/petitions/40925.

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