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Hillsborough families welcome civil servant sacking

Families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster say they're glad a junior civil servant has been sacked for making offensive comments about the disaster.

The 24 year-old, whose not being named, changed the phrase "You'll never walk alone" on the Wikipedia website to read "You'll never walk again."

Our Hillsborough correspondent Andy Bonner reports.

Worker sacked over Hillsborough slur 'will not be made public'

Describing the individual as a "young, junior administrative officer", Francis Maude said it was "long-standing established practice that in such cases an individual's name will not be made public".

He said the investigation had been unable to identify the source of other abusive edits - which began on the 20th anniversary of the 1989 tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans died. In one instance "Blame Liverpool fans" was anonymously added to the Hillsborough section of the online encyclopedia.

There are substantial technical obstacles to investigating the other edits. The deletion of internet data logs in the ordinary course of business means that tracing historic edits to a particular department, building or individual has proved extremely difficult.

"In the absence of other specific leads, and despite a great deal of forensic and other work, it has not been possible to identify the originators of the 2009 edit or any of the others in question.

"Subject to further information or leads coming to light, the investigation into the edits is therefore concluded."

– Francis Maude


Worker sacked over online Hillsborough slurs

A civil servant has been sacked for making offensive Wikipedia edits about the Hillsborough disaster, Francis Maude said today. A junior administrator has been identified as being behind posts in 2012 and fired for gross misconduct, the Cabinet Office minister said.

The 24-year-old, born in London but based in Liverpool, changed the phrase "You'll never walk alone", the anthem of Liverpool FC, to read: "You'll never walk again."

He was tracked down after the Daily Telegraph and internet group Wikipediocracy cross-referenced his social media history and work records. Efforts to find other culprits are being abandoned.

Extensive further inquiries were taken forward as a Civil Service disciplinary matter, involving potential breaches of the Civil Service Code and of individual departments' policies on acceptable behaviour.

"An individual was then subject to a formal disciplinary investigation and dismissed for gross misconduct, on the grounds of responsibility for the 2012 edits."

– Francis Maude

MP reminds Miliband about Liverpool's dislike of The Sun newspaper after Hillsborough

Stephen Twigg met Ed Miliband to explain the very real anger that people feel

Liverpool West Derby MP Stephen Twigg, a shadow justice minister, said in a statement on his website: "I understand, and share, the anger at The Sun's actions regarding the Hillsborough tragedy and their treatment of the 96 and their families.

"We will not forget the 96 who never came back to Liverpool that day - and will also never forget the reprehensible and wholly false allegations The Sun made at the time.

"Yesterday, I met Ed Miliband to put across the very real anger that people feel. I know he understands and fully appreciates the reasons why Liverpool continues to boycott The Sun.

He was not attempting to promote the newspaper, but when asked to pose for a picture to support the England football team at the World Cup, he agreed.

"He regrets any offence that the picture might have caused and he has apologised to those he has offended."

A spokesman for Mr Clegg said: "Nick Clegg offering his support for the England football team does not change his views on the Hillsborough tragedy.

"He understands the depth of feeling on Merseyside and elsewhere about what happened and that is why he played a pivotal role in government in ensuring that official documents relating to Hillsborough were released."

John Bishop explains why 'private' donation became public

John Bishop has responded to criticism for making his £96,000 donation to the Hillsborough Families Support Group public.

Some people on Twitter questioned why he had released a statement about his donation. Here is his response:

John Bishop: Hillsborough families 'are the best of us'

John Bishop announced his donation in a letter to the Liverpool Echo:

"After 25 years, the families of the 96 are now hopefully moving closer to a resolution.

“Reading the family statements from the inquest has brought home to me once more the individual loss that so many suffered.

“The donation I have made is no more important than any other donation from any other individual trying to support the families over the last 25 years.

"In 1989, I laid flowers in front of the Kop to pay my respects to those who had lost their lives and show support to their families.

“Today, making a donation to help assist in bringing the end closer seems more appropriate.

"The dignity with which the families have sought justice for over a quarter of a century is a lesson to us all.

“They are the best of us and will never walk alone.”


John Bishop donates £96,000 to Hillsborough campaign

John Bishop played in the recent Celebration of the 96 match at Hillsborough Credit: PA

The comedian John Bishop has donated £96,000 to the Hillsborough Families Support Group.

The Liverpool supporter said he made the contribution to pay tribute to the families' dignity in their campaign.

The HFSG welcomed the gesture.

Hillsborough charity match ends 2-2

The Hillsborough charity match at Anfield has ended 2-2, after a last minute Robbie Fowler penalty levelled up the scores.

Teams confirmed for Hillsborough charity match

The teams have been confirmed for the Hillsborough charity match at Anfield today, as a team of Liverpool local legends take on Reds legends from overseas.

Both sets of teams will wear the number '96' on their shirts.

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