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MacKenzie wants apology over Hillsborough headline

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has instructed solicitors to demand an "apology and recompense" from South Yorkshire Police over the newspaper's discredited reporting of the Hillsborough disaster.

Kelvin MacKenzie Credit: Press Association

Mr MacKenzie, writing in tomorrow's Spectator magazine, said he suffered "personal vilification for decades" as a result of the Sun's famous front-page story which ran four days after the tragedy in April 1989.

The article, headlined "The Truth", included claims that Liverpool fans urinated on police officers resuscitating the dying and stole from the dead.

On September 12 a damning report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel said a cover-up took place to shift the blame on to the victims and 41 of the 96 lives lost could have been saved.

The following day both Mr MacKenzie and current Sun editor Dominic Mohan apologised for the newspaper's role.