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Ukip donor says he's "sick to death of hearing about" Hillsborough

Ukip donor Arron Banks has Tweeted a bizarre string of comments about the Hillsborough disaster.

It comes after Ukip leader Paul Nuttall admitted that he didn't have close friends who died at the disaster.

Credit: Twitter/Arron Banks
Credit: Twitter/Arron Banks
Credit: Twitter/Arron Banks

Steve Kelly, who lost his brother Michael at the Hillsborough disaster said:

I'm appalled by Nuttall's comments. If he was there why didn't he support the campaigning for answers.

I also finds Arron Banks's comments hugely offensive and ill informed.

At a time when the families of the victims are waiting to see whether the Crown Prosecution Service will prosecute those responsible, comments like these are not helpful

– Steve Kelly


BREAKING: Liverpool FC has officially banned all The Sun journalists from Anfield

Credit: Twitter/The Sun

The Sun newspaper has confirmed that Liverpool FC has banned its journalists from Anfield and has withdrawn accreditation.

The Sun has been widely boycotted in Liverpool due to its reporting of the city's football fans' behaviour at the Hillsborough disaster.

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The Premier League club's boss Jürgen Klopp told reporters:

I don't talk with The Sun anymore.

– Jürgen Klopp

In a statement, the newspaper said:

The Sun and Liverpool FC have had a solid working relationship for the 28 years since the Hillsborough tragedy. Banning journalists from a club is bad for fans and bad for football. The Sun can reassure readers this won’t affect our full football coverage.

The Sun deeply regrets its reporting of the tragic events at Hillsborough and understands the damage caused by those reports is still felt by many in the city.

A new generation of journalists on the paper congratulate the families on the hard fought victory they have achieved through the inquest. It is to their credit that the truth has emerged and, whilst we can’t undo the damage done, we would like to further a dialogue with the city and to show that the paper has respect for the people of Liverpool.

– The Sun

The newspaper’s ‘The Truth’ front page in 1989 falsely alleged that Liverpool fans stole from the dead and obstructed the emergency services.


Prominent Hillsborough campaigner Phil Scraton turns down OBE

Professor Phil Scraton Credit: PA

The prominent Hillsborough campaigner Phil Scraton has turned down an OBE because of successive governments' treatment of Hillsborough families and survivors.

The professor, who was the lead author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report, said he could not accept an honour on the recommendation of those who were unresponsive to the efforts of the bereaved families to find the truth and get justice for their loved ones.

Former police chief to head Hillsborough probe

Former police chief to head Hillsborough probe Credit: ITV Granada

It has been revealed that Rob Beckley has been appointed to the Metropolitan Police as Assistant Commissioner to carry out the investigation into what went wrong in the lead up to the Hillsborough disaster.

Beckley will head Operation Resolve - the probe into the planning and preparation of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The news comes after Jon Stoddart OBE stood down from the role in September.

Most recently, Beckley was Chief Operating Officer at the College of Policing but retired in March. He has previously served in the Metropolitan Police Service, Thames Valley, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Avon and Somerset Police, where he was Deputy Chief Constable.

In a statement, Home Secretary, Amber Rudd said:

Following the decision of Assistant Commissioner Jon Stoddart OBE to stand down as head of Operation Resolve on 5 September 2016, I am pleased to inform Parliament that I have appointed Assistant Commissioner Rob Beckley QPM as the head of Operation Resolve.

– Amber Rudd
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