Birmingham bombings investigation still live almost 50 years on

A file of evidence on the Birmingham Pub Bombings, where 21 people were cruelly murdered, is with the CPS as the live investigation continues, a new police chief has revealed.

West Midlands Constabulary had come under fire last year as former Chief Constable Dave Thompson was accused of “achieving nothing” regarding the city’s biggest unsolved mass murder. 

The victims were killed when bombs exploded in two public houses on November 21, 1974.

Asked about the subject, the new police boss Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “My plan with that is straightforward – and that’s that there’s a live investigation and there’s a file of evidence with the Crown Prosecution Service.

“Other than that, I can’t comment any further at this stage because it would be inappropriate to do so.”

Chief Cons Guildford spoke at an event to announce a new model of policing, Birmingham Live reports.

Last year, the force received widespread criticism from grieving families who claimed the constabulary failed to support them in their battles for justice.

Bill Craig, a former police officer whose brother Jimmy died in the attack, claimed the former police chief was given “a knighthood for failure.”

Mr Craig said: “It is one of my regrets that there is a lot of criticism still of West Midlands Police around the pub bombings from the families. This was a big failing of the force in 1974…a miscarriage of justice.

“Attempts were made then in the 1990s to bring people to justice, we reviewed that and then reopened the investigations after the (inquests into the deaths). I have always said I would like to get to one of two conclusions.

“The desirable one is we bring someone to justice – if that doesn’t happen then what we do need to do is set out the work the force has done clearly so the public – because we do try very hard to brief the families – but so the public understand the work the force has done over a good decade or so on this.”

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