Inquests into Birmingham pub bombings to reopen

Wreckage left at the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham. Picture: PA

Wreckage left at the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham. Picture: PA

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Fresh inquests are to be held into the deaths of 21 people in the Birmingham pub bombings after years of campaigning by victims’ relatives.

The senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull Louise Hunt announced the decision after holding several review hearings and receiving “significant” new information about the double bombing on November 21, 1974.

During the recent hearings, families of some of those killed in the blasts in the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs put forward a claim that the British state had knowledge of the attacks planned by the IRA before they were carried out.

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