Kelvin MacKenzie says South Yorkshire Police 'have got away scot-free' over Hillsborough lies
Former editor of The Sun has instructed his lawyers to ask for an apology from South Yorkshire Police for providing information that he claims led to him running the vilified story headlined ‘The Truth’. MacKenzie was editor of the News International tabloid that published the front page story on the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 that, among other things, claimed that Liverpool fans were stealing from the dead lying on the pitch. 96 people died during the mass crush within the stadium, which led to a police cover up that was only exposed this month, 23 years later. MacKenzie has reportedly called for the apology, blaming police officers for providing false information in order to deflect blame from their own conduct on the day. Writing in The Spectator, MacKenzie said; "I hope that after 23 years we can all agree on the truth." The article also sees MacKenzie claim that police patrols around his house had to be increased around his house, but admits that he was wrong to publish the story. "The people who have got away scot-free are South Yorkshire Police,” he also stated.