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Fans' families get apology ...not you; HHIILLLLSSBBOORROOUUGGHH RROOWW Yorkshire Police snub ex-Sun editor's demand as he claims he's victim of cover up 'lies'.


A CHIEF constable has told former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie he will not be getting an apology relating to the infamous "The Truth" story published in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.

Mr MacKenzie provoked fresh anger from the Hillsborough families when it emerged he instructed solicitors to demand an "apology and recompense" from South Yorkshire Police.

Mr MacKenzie, writing in The Spectator magazine, said he suffered "personal vilification for decades" as a result of the newspaper's discredited reporting of the disaster.

The Sun's front-page story, Chief Constable David Crompton which ran four days after the tragedy in April 1989, claimed that Liverpool fans urinated on police officers resuscitating the dying and stole from the dead.

According to extracts published on The Spectator's website, Mr MacKenzie writes: "Now I know - you know, we all know - that the fans were right...

"Where does that leave me?" The former editor goes on to say police patrols have been increased around his house and describes "physical danger" he faces in Liverpool.

"But the people who have got away scot-free are South Yorkshire Police," he writes, adding he is seeking recompense for "the lies their officers told".

Current South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton issued a statement which said: "We have publicly apologised to the Hillsborough families and the Liverpool fans but we will not apologise to Mr MacKenzie.

"He chose to write his own headline and he should accept responsibility for it."

Sue Roberts, secretary of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, had said: "The gall of that man to paint himself as a victim and for him to ask anybody for an apology; it beggars belief."


Chief Constable David Crompton

Kelvin Mackenzie's demand for an apology and recompense relating to the Sun's infamous 'The Truth' story has infuriated families of Hillsborough victims

The infamous 'The Truth' story on Hillsborough saw The Sun boycotted on Merseyside
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 28, 2012
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