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Chief Constable's Hillsborough email "offensive".

Summary: An email from South Yorkshire's chief constable about the Hillsborough families' campaign has been called "offensive and upsetting".

An email from South Yorkshire's chief constable about the Hillsborough families' campaign has been called "offensive and upsetting" by a police watchdog.

South Yorkshire chief David Crompton sent an email to his senior staff last year which suggested that campaign groups who represented families of those who died during the 1989 tragedy were not fully telling the truth.

The email said: "One thing is certain - the Hillsborough Campaign for Justice will be doing their version. In fact their version of certain events has become 'the truth' even though it isn't!!

"I just have the feeling that the media 'machine' favours the families and not us, so we need to be a bit more innovative in our response to have a fighting chance otherwise we will just be roadkill."

South Yorkshire Police's response to the disaster which left 96 Liverpool fans dead is subject to a huge inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long said the majority of the emails and documents under investigation "raises no issues". But he said one email from the chief constable was "at best ill-judged and at worst offensive and upsetting" and "caused me concern."

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