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Families flock to injustice rally.

FAMILIES from across Britain fighting to clear the names of loved ones they say have been wrongly jailed descended on Birmingham for a rally and demonstration.

Hundreds of people attended pressure group United Against Injustice's (UAI) 2011 Miscarriage of Justice Day in Digbeth on Saturday.

The event was organised by the West Midlands branch of UAI and featured speakers, including Paddy Hill who was wrongly convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings.

Among the families there was Pat Pattison, from Bromsgrove, whose 32-year-old daughter Amanda Alden is serving a 15-year sentence after being convicted in 2008 for playing a part in a murder.

The family of Alden, who has two children, claim she is innocent after being found guilty, in a joint enterprise with Scott Hancox, of killing Nathan Lyons in Redditch. Mrs Pattison said "I will carry on fighting until the day I die to clear Amanda's name and prove her innocence."

The West Midlands branch of the group was founded by former West Midlands Police officer Pc Melda Wilks.

Ms Wilks is the mother of Ricardo Morrison who was jailed for life for murdering his model girlfriend Amy Leigh Barnes. She stood trial accused of helping her son dodge justice but was acquitted and allowed to return to work. She still maintains her son's innocence.

Co-founder of the group Paddy Hill told the audience how the IRA never apologised to him despite his wrongful conviction, along with five others, of the Birmingham pub bombings which left 21 people dead and 182 injured. Mr Hill, now aged 65, said: "I did the time for them and they do not have the decency to admit it.''

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Speaking out: Kevin McMahon introduces the United Against Injustice rally. Picture: Jon Fuller-Rowell
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