Police probe Hillsborough Facebook page

A Facebook page which poked fun at the Hillsborough football tragedy is being investigated by police.

The page allegedly mocked the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans who were crushed to death at an FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

According to reports, the page went online for a week and received 125 “likes” before being removed by Facebook following complaints forwarded by police.

A police spokeswoman said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that it has received several complaints from members of the public about comments made on Facebook about the Hillsborough tragedy.

“Detectives from the force’s hi-tech crime unit and CID are investigating to see if any offence has been committed and if any potential offenders can be identified.”

The Liverpool Echo said the page featured a graphic picture showing a supporter pinned up against the Leppings Lane fences at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium.

Controversy has continued to surround the Hillsborough tragedy in recent times.

In March, government papers leaked to the BBC showed former Merseyside Police chief constable Kenneth Oxford blamed drunken Liverpool fans. A report by Lord Justice Taylor, published in 1990, found the main reason for the disaster was a failure of “police control”.


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