Families reject chief constable apology

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FAMILIES whose loved ones were killed in the Hillsborough Disaster today refused to accept the apology issued by South Yorkshire Police’s chief constable over a leaked email in which he claimed their ‘version of events’ was not ‘the truth’.

In an email sent to colleagues four days before the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report, Chf Con David Crompton wrote: “One thing is certain - the Hillsborough Campaign for Justice will be doing their version... in fact their version of certain events has become ‘the truth’ even though it isn’t!!”

On Friday the 49-year-old, who was appointed 13 months ago, apologised and admitted his words had been ‘insensitive and inappropriate’.

But Margaret Aspinall, whose son James, aged 18, was one of the 96 Liverpool fans crushed to death at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield in 1989, rejected his apology - and called for his resignation.

“Mr Crompton should consider his position,” she said. “What he said in that email is an absolute disgrace.”

Other Liverpool fans spoke on the internet of their outrage. ‘Woody3’ said: “He only offered an apology because he was found out and an apology isn’t good enough.

“South Yorkshire Police have been telling lies about Hillsborough for years.”

Another added: “Just goes to show - what is said in public by the establishment is nothing like what is said behind closed doors.”