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Hatfield inquests adjourned as police may press charges

 DA! : Tuesday November 21, 2000
Inquests into the deaths of four men killed in the Hatfield train crash
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GNER Intercity 225 train derailed at 115 mph

press charges will not reopen for at least five months.

Hertford Coroner Alan Lawson says he needs to wait in case the police press murder or manslaughter charges as a result of the derailment.

Speaking at a resumed hearing at Hertford Coroner's Court, Mr Lawson says the British Transport Police investigation into the tragedy on October 17 is due to last for at least another four or five months.

He further adjourned the hearing until April 10, 2001, at Hertford County Hall, when he says he will review the situation.

Mr Lawson says he has written to the Health and Safety Executive, Railtrack, rail contractors Balfour Beatty, and lawyers for Mr Alcorn and Mr Arthur asking for their views on what evidence will be presented at the inquests.

He added: "If any person is charged with murder or manslaughter of the deceased then I am required to adjourn the inquests until after the conclusion of criminal proceedings."

BBC Online: Hatfield inquests delayed 21/11/2000
Annanova: Hatfield inquests adjourned as police may press charges 21/11/2000

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