Britain ordered a new investigation into the deaths of 96 soccer fans in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster on Wednesday, three months after an independent report suggested the police had tried to cover up their mishandling of the tragedy.

Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said the report's "truly shocking" findings would be investigated in an inquiry led by Jon Stoddart, a former chief constable of Durham police, northeast England.

The new inquiry is a victory for the victims' families, who never accepted the official version of events and have campaigned for more than 20 years for 'Justice for the 96'.

The Liverpool supporters died after a crush in an enclosed, overcrowded terrace at the stadium in the northern city of Sheffield on April 15, 1989 during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

Al Jazeera's Lee Wellings reports from outside the High Court in London. 

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies