The jury in the inquests into the deaths of 96 football fans at the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has retired to consider its verdicts.

The seven women and three men of the jury retired at 2.05pm to consider 14 key questions set out by the Coroner Sir John Goldring, in a 33 page questionnaire.

One question they must answer is if match commander David Duckenfield is responsible for the unlawful killing of the fans by gross negligence manslaughter.

They are considering their verdicts more than two years since the hearings began on March 31, 2014, at a specially built courtroom in Warrington, Cheshire.

Dozens of relatives of the 96 dead have been present for each of the more than 300 days the court has sat at Bridgewater Place at the town's Birchwood Park business park.

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An injured fan recieving attention on the pitch
An injured fan receiving attention on the pitch
Police helping fans over the fencing during the Hillsborough football disaster
Police helping fans over the fencing during the Hillsborough football disaster

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The Hillsborough tragedy unfolded on April 15, 1989, during Liverpool's FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest as thousands of fans were crushed on Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane terrace.

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Mr Duckenfield gave the order at 2.52pm to open exit Gate C in Leppings Lane, allowing around 2,000 fans to flood into the already packed central pens behind the goal.

At the start of the inquests, the coroner said none of the victims should be blamed for their deaths.

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Emotional tributes to each of the 96 were then delivered by family members in the form of personal portraits.

General view of the purpose built Coroners Court in Birchwood Warrington, Cheshire
The Coroners Court in Birchwood Warrington, Cheshire

Jurors have heard months of evidence from more than 800 witnesses on topics including stadium safety, match planning, the events of the day, the emergency response and evidence gathering by police after the disaster.

The role and responsibility of Mr Duckenfield also came under intense scrutiny.

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The jury was then told of the final movements of each victim before hearing from medical experts and pathologists as to the circumstances of the deaths.

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The 1991 verdicts from the original inquests were quashed following the 2012 Hillsborough Independent Panel report.

Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar is unaware of the crush on the terraces behind his goal at the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest F.A. Cup Semi-Final at Hillsborough in 1989
Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar on the pitch as the crush on the terraces behind his goal takes place

Sir John told the jurors they would have to resolve "conflicts" of evidence they have heard between what Liverpool fans said and the accounts of police officers critical of them.

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The coroner also told them they would have to consider the way police statements were taken, reviewed and sometimes amended in what families claim was an attempt to mould the evidence and protect the South Yorkshire force.

Supporters are crushed against the barrier at the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest F.A. Cup Semi-Final at Hillsborough in 1989
Supporters are crushed against the barrier at the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup Semi-Final at Hillsborough in 1989
Liverpool fans try to escape from being crushed in the lower stands by climbing to the top tiers at the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest F.A. Cup Semi-Final at Hillsborough in 1989
Liverpool fans try to escape from being crushed in the lower stands by climbing to the top tiers

As he summed up the evidence, Sir John reminded the jury: "As you will recall, it was suggested to many witnesses that senior officers collectively sought to present a 'false narrative' of the disaster. The senior officers from whom we heard strongly denied that suggestion.

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"You will need to consider this evidence because, if you were to take the view there was some deliberate decision, you might think it reflected a view of the facts of the disaster taken by the senior officers.

"That, of course, is a matter for you."

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