Police: No Hillsborough apology for MacKenzie

South Yorkshire Police has refused to give Kelvin MacKenzie the “apology and recompense” he demanded on Wednesday, telling him to accept responsibility for his coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

Former Sun editor MacKenzie’s came to light in an article written for the Spectator, blaming the force for supplying the lies behind his “The Truth” headline now synonymous with his tattered reputation.

But current South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton issued a statement reflecting the seemingly universal feeling that MacKenzie failed to scrutinise the spin which smeared Liverpool fans for more than two decades.

“SYP have received a letter from Kelvin MacKenzie’s lawyers, which demands the force makes an apology to him,” said the statement.

“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.”

(Source: Press Gazette)




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