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Latest – Bradford West MP welcomes West Yorkshire Police referral of Bradford fire investigation to IPCC

The West Yorkshire Police have referred themselves to the IPCC over their investigation into the Bradford Fire.

Naz ShahBradford West MP Naz Shah has welcomed the announcement today. Ms Shah raised the issues with the police after meeting with Martin Fletcher.

After the announcement was made this afternoon, Naz Shah said:

“When I was approached by Martin to assist him in seeking answers, I could not turn away and ignore his quest for the many unanswered questions he had.

“I welcome the decision announced today by West Yorkshire Police to refer the action that was taken 30 years ago to the IPCC.

“It is only right that unanswered questions about the original investigation and process, which was conducted in great haste, are properly addressed – the victims deserve nothing less.

“The decision taken by West Yorkshire Police is a credit to modern policing that they are willing to be open and transparent.

“Bradford citizens and the supporters of the club have always carried themselves with a tremendous togetherness and have been stoic and respectful in the aftermath of a tragedy that took the lives of 56 people.

“I would ask them now to support what is the potentially the start of a longer process to find the answers long sought by many into the tragic events of that day and of the actions taken by many organisations both before and after.

“We should also be mindful of the fact that this will not be an easy process for many of the victims’ families and friends to have to deal with so many years later – their privacy must be respected.”

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