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Support for community groups in memory of the 96

Robbie Fowler speaks to young people at a community group in Liverpool. Credit: ITV News

Community groups are benefiting after footballing stars came together in memory of the Hillsborough victims.

A team of Liverpool legends managed by Kenny Dalglish lined up against international stars at Anfield earlier this year.

Money raised from that match was split between the Hillsborough Family Support Group and The Liverpool FC Foundation.

Ashley Derricott has been finding out more about their work:

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Liverpool University postpones Hogan-Howe ceremony

The University of Liverpool has apologised to the Hillsborough families after deciding to postpone a ceremony to award Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe an honorary degree.

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. Credit: PA Wire

Hogan-Howe was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in December over his role at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 where 96 people died.

The commissioner was due to receive the award in recognition of his time as Chief Constable to Merseyside at a ceremony in December.

Campaigners said they were "appalled" by the university's "insensitivity".

“We are deeply sorry if we have inadvertently caused any distress to the Hillsborough families. All of us feel great sensitivity to the families at this difficult time,” deputy vice-chancellor Patrick Hackett said.


Postal workers win row over Sun newspaper

Postal workers in Skelmersday have won their battle over the delivery of The Sun newspaper. It's organised a promotion with Royal Mail to mark the start of the World Cup.

50 staff refused to take part, a number say they were at Hillsborough - and haven't forgiven the paper for how it covered the disaster.

Skelmersdale postal workers threaten walkout over Sun Newspaper deliveries

Postal workers are threatening to walk out, if they're made to deliver the Sun.

The newspaper has organised a promotion with Royal Mail, delivering free copies, to mark the start of the World Cup. But 50 staff in Skelmersdale are refusing to take part.

A number of those staff say they were at Hillsborough - and have never forgiven the paper for the way it covered the disaster.

Thousands of people are now backing them with a petition.

Elaine Willcox reports:-

Hillsborough relative says she's "touched" by the Royal Mail workers' stand

Julie Fallon, whose 23-year-old brother Andrew Sefton died at Hillsborough says she's touched by the stand taken by Royal Mail workers in Skelmersdale, where she and Andrew are from.

She said it was naive of Royal Mail not to think the strength of feeling extended outside of Liverpool where people are still touched by the tragedy.


The Sun says delivery "a matter for Royal Mail"

The Sun understands the strength of feeling in Liverpool and has taken steps to avoid causing upset by exempting Merseyside postcodes from the free paper drop.

The delivery of this paper in Skelmersdale is a matter for the Royal Mail in consultation with the relevant union."

– Statement from The Sun newspaper

Royal Mail says it will work with staff and union over Sun row

We have been awarded the contract to deliver a promotional World Cup edition of The Sun to 22 million homes in England on 12 and 13 June.

The postal service is, of course, open to everyone provided the material they post meets all the relevant legal requirements.

The Sun has chosen not to include Liverpool in the mailing

If there are any personal reasons why a postman or woman would not want to deliver the mailing, we would consider these on an case by case basis working closely with the CWU.

– Royal Mail Group

MP backs postal workers refusing to deliver The Sun

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has given her backing to Skelmersdale postal workers over their refusal to deliver The Sun’s World Cup promotional edition to homes in the town.

Mrs Cooper said she has contacted both the Chief Executive of the Royal Mail and the newspaper's Editor over the issue.

It took 22 years for the families to secure the truth, now in the 25th anniversary year the families and survivors are attending the inquest hearings in the fight for justice.

"I hope the Royal Mail will change its stance and show some integrity and most of all show some respect for the people of Skelmersdale and across West Lancashire who have lived with the lies and injustice promulgated by this newspaper in one of the darkest episodes in recent British history.”

– Rosie Cooper MP
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