A CAMPAIGNING mum with terminal cancer battling for Hillsborough justice has been told a new inquest into the death of her son Kevin will be applied for by Christmas.
Attorney General Dominic Grieve announced on Tuesday he was busy gathering all the evidence into making a fresh application to the High Court to get a new inquest into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans – including 15-year-old Kevin Williams – within the next five weeks.
But any hopes an application specifically for Anne Williams, 60, of Chester, will be made before then appear to be dashed. This is despite an e-petition calling for action gathering more than 100,000 signatures, so Mrs Williams, who has bowel cancer, can see justice in her lifetime .
Mr Grieve acknowledged the ‘significant public support’, but added: “The evidence that supports a new inquest into Kevin Williams’s death is basically the same as that in relation to the deaths of all the other victims of Hillsborough.
“My duty is to act in the public interest of all the victims of Hillsborough.
“I consider that wider public interest requires a single application to be made in relation to these inquests.
“There are no shortcuts that can be taken to bring this to the court.”
Chester MP Stephen Mosley, who has been supporting Mrs Williams in her campaign, said: “We have had huge support as people want to make sure she gets the inquest and justice before she dies.
“The Attorney General would not normally have made a statement but in this case, because of the strength of support, he has announced it before he is ready.
“He does have an awful lot of work to do and he also needs to do a proper job to put a cast-iron case forward. It’s incredibly important to get this right.
“I have had a number of conversations with the Attorney General and he had made me aware of the complexities of the submission he has to make, looking at evidence which has not been available for more than 20 years.”
Mrs Williams said on Twitter: “Thank you everyone who signed the e-petition and all the lovely messages of support, it means a lot.”