Date published: 5th April 2019

On 21st November 1974 bombs were planted in two busy pubs in Central Birmingham. The bombs exploded around 8.20pm when the public houses were full of people looking forward to a night out and those who had made a start on their Christmas shopping after work. In total, 220 people were injured and 21 people tragically died. It was one of the deadliest attacks in Great Britain. 

Today the jury returned 21 verdicts of unlawful killing by means of murder.

Nicola Brook, a solicitor from our specialist Inquest & Inquiries team, acted on behalf of two of the families. She said:

It has taken 44 years for the families to find out what happened to their loved ones. They have waited a long time for an inquest and today’s findings of unlawful killing are long overdue.

The matter remains with the West Midlands Police as to whether any criminal proceedings against the perpetrators will follow.