Hillsborough Disaster: South Yorkshire Police won’t apologise to ‘vilified’ Sun editor

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THE CHIEF constable of South Yorkshire Police has told former Sun newspaper editor Kelvin Mackenzie he won’t be apologising to him over Hillsborough.

South Yorkshire Police said it had received a letter from Mr MacKenzie’s lawyers demanding the force makes an apology to him.

Mr MacKenzie claims he has been ‘vilified’ following The Sun newspaper’s coverage of the disaster which tarnished the reputation of Liverpool fans under the headline The Truth.

The story was based on information given to The Sun by a reputable Sheffield news agency following a briefing with South Yorkshire Police officers and MP Sir Irvine Patnick.

Other media organisations publicised the claims but reported them as allegations.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel report published a fortnight ago found allegations about fans being exceptionally drunk, ticketless and violent had been made up by a small group of officers in order to deflect the blame for the tragedy from the force.

Mr Crompton, on behalf of South Yorkshire Police apologised to the Liverpool fans following the publication of the damning report.

The families of the 96 victims are now waiting to hear whether the original inquest verdicts wll be quashed and a new inquest ordered.

Chief constable David Crompton said: “We have publicly apologised to the Hillsborough families and the Liverpool fans but we will not apologise to Mr MacKenzie.

“He chose to write his own headline and he should accept responsibility for it.”

Mr Mackenzie claims his life would be at risk were he to set foot in Liverpool.