A coroner has been ordered to reconsider his decision to restrict the scope of inquests into the Birmingham pub bombings after a legal challenge by victims' families.
A judicial review heard by two High Court judges quashed a previous decision by Coroner Sir Peter Thornton to exclude the issue of the perpetrators of the 1974 bombings from the new hearings.
In the latest ruling, handed down in Birmingham on Friday, Mrs Justice Carr said: "We are minded to quash the coroner's decision which excluded the perpetrator issue and remit the case so as to enable him to reconsider the decision."
A spokesman for the inquests said: "The coroner is committed to ensuring that the inquests start as soon as possible but now wishes to take some time to consider carefully the judgment handed by the High Court and its impact on the future progress of the inquests.
"The coroner is grateful for the considerable help and assistance he has had from all interested persons in the inquests to date.
"He will continue to work closely with the families and all interested persons as he progresses with his investigation into the tragic events in Birmingham 43 years ago. At present, a further pre-inquest review hearing is listed for 22 February 2018."