source: Red Brick News
published: 16 June 2016
Louise Hunt, senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, has ruled that the inquest into the 1974 twin attacks is to be reopened, following the emergence of new information.
The attacks, which took place on November 21, 1974, hit two busy pubs – The Tavern in the Town and The Mulberry Bush, killing 21 and injuring almost two hundred. Although the bombings are widely understood to have been carried out by individuals associated with the IRA, West Midlands Police failed to convict the perpetrators.
The initial investigation carried out by the force resulted in the imprisonment of six innocent individuals – commonly referred to as ‘The Birmingham Six’ – who were later released in 1991 following a successful appeal.
The decision to reopen the investigation was inspired by allegations that the conduct of West Midlands Police led to a miscarriage of justice. Following a review of the original inquest, Hunt expressed ‘serious concerns’ that police ‘failed to take the necessary steps to protect human life’.