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Families of Hillsborough victims call for team to conduct 'rigorous' examination of South Yorkshire Police

Families who lost loved ones in the Hillsborough Disaster are calling for Theresa May to send a team to conduct a 'rigorous' examination of South Yorkshire Police.

Families of Hillsborough victims are calling for remedial action against police Credit: Press Association

We are appalled to see the shambles in South Yorkshire Police following the Hillsborough Inquest verdict. SYP leadership have showed a lamentable refusal to face up the fact that their organization needs to take along hard look at their values and ethics.

We believe the rank and file officers in the force are being let down by their leaders. Sadly the only solution would appear to be the application of remedial measures and we have today asked Theresa May to commence the procedure to enable this.

The Home Secretary needs to send a team in to look at the force root and branch, to speak to the rank and file and see what they think is wrong in the force and what needs to be done. We believe there needs to be a rigorous and continuing examination of the ethical behavior of the force at every level.

The Force’s motto is ‘Justice with Courage’ – sadly they have shown neither.’

– Elkan Abrahamson, solicitor with Broudie Jackson Canter

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Hillsborough inquests coroner to begin summing up

The coroner of the Hillsborough inquests will begin summing up today.

Coroner Lord Justice Goldring outside the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield Credit: PA

Lord Justice Goldring will summarsie the case to the jury after 260 days of evidence into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final. The jury heard its last evidence earlier this month.

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Hillsborough Wikipedia investigation 'challenging'

It may not be possible to identify who used government computers to post "sickening" comments about the Hillsborough disaster, the Cabinet Office has warned.

Officials said the passage of time and number of people using the Whitehall intranet made finding those who edited Wikipedia "challenging".

Floral tributes left by fans at the Hillsborough stadium. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Relatives' groups and Liverpool-born MP Andy Burnham, a long-term campaigner on the issue, are being drafted in to monitor the investigation, a spokeswoman said. The Liverpool Echo reported revisions to the Wikipedia began five years ago on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, and again in 2012.

The Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: "The amendments made to Wikipedia are sickening. The behaviour is in complete contravention of the Civil Service Code. It is entirely unacceptable."

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Hillsborough Justice Campaign react to Wikipedia insults

Families of those who died at Hillsborough have reacted angrily to claims that offensive remarks about the disaster were posted from government offices.

A report by the Liverpool Echo alleges computers on the secure Whitehall intranet were used to add the phrases 'Blame liverpool fans' and 'you'll never walk again' to the Hillsborough Wikipedia page.

The Cabinet Office is launching an urgent inquiry into the matter:-

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Tracing offensive edits back to government networks

The first of two IP addresses used in making offensive edits to the Hillsborough disaster page on Wikipedia, 62.25.106.209, can be traced to gateway-101.energis.gsi.gov.uk.

A lookup of the IP address 62.25.106.209 reveals the gateway-101.energis.gsi.gov.uk network. Credit: ITV

The second of the two IP addresses used to make offensive changes to the page, 195.92.40.49, can be traced to gateway-202.energis.gsi.gov.uk.

A lookup of the IP address 195.92.40.49 reveals the gateway-202.energis.gsi.gov.uk network. Credit: ITV

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Offensive edits originating from government networks

The edits to the Hillsborough disaster page on Wikipedia were made by IP addresses 195.92.40.49 and 62.25.106.209, both of which belong to government networks.

The phrase "Blame Liverpool Fans" was added to the Hillsborough disaster page. Credit: Wikipedia
"You'll Never Walk Alone" was changed to "You'll Never Walk Again". Credit: Wikipedia
The changes added references to the Heysel stadium disaster. Credit: Wikipedia

Twenty-two identified as Hillsborough suspects

Twenty-two people have now been identified as suspects by two ongoing investigations into the Hillsborough disaster, including some who were not police officers.

Yesterday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmed 13 retired or serving police officers were now being regarded as suspects as part of its inquiry into the aftermath of the 1989 tragedy in Sheffield.

Today, the IPCC said Operation Resolve - the wider criminal investigation into the disaster - has also identified 13 people "who fall within the suspect category".

It said six of these are retired police officers and seven worked for other, non-police organisations.

As the commission said four of those identified are being treated as suspects by both investigations, the total number of people being treated in this manner is now 22.

Thirteen officers identified as 'suspects' in Hillsborough inquest

Thirteen retired or serving police officers have been identified as "suspects" in the ongoing investigation into the Hillsborough disaster, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said.

The commission said 11 of these had already been interviewed under caution relating to a range of offences including manslaughter as well as misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice.

A spokesman said the other two would be interviewed in the near future.

The spokesman said four of the 13 have been identified as suspects as part of both the IPCC's investigation and also Operation Resolve - the criminal investigation into the 1989 tragedy.

The IPCC's inquiry - the biggest it has ever undertaken - covers the actions of the police in the aftermath of the crush at Hillsborough stadium, in Sheffield, which left 96 Liverpool fans dead.

The investigation was announced after the commission reviewed the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which undercovered a huge amount of new evidence about what happened during and after the tragedy.

It is examining allegations including those surrounding amendments to police statements, the actions of the police officers after the disaster and the role of West Midlands Police, which investigated what happened at the time.

Operation Resolve, under the command of assistant commissioner Jon Stoddart, the retired chief constable of Durham Police, is a new, wider-ranging criminal investigation into the disaster.

The IPCC said it could not give any further information about the people who had been arrested and how many of them had been interviewed in relation to allegations of manslaughter.

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Hillsborough police interviewed as suspects

Police officers involved in the Hillsborough disaster are being questioned as suspects for the first time.

Read: Retired police officers suspects in Hillsborough probe

Twelve retired police officers and one serving officer are being interviewed.

Elevenhave already been questioned under caution about a range of offences - including manslaughter, misconduct or perverting the course of justice.

In four days time, new inquests into the deaths are due to begin in Warrington. No one has ever been charged over the disaster.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports:

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