Po­lice ap­peal in H’boro hate mail probe

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

PO­LICE in­ves­ti­gat­ing sick hate mail sent to Liver­pool FC fans have asked for any other vic­tims to get in touch.

As re­ported in last week’s Ad­ver­tiser, at least two sup­port­ers in the Orm­skirk area re­ceived vile let­ters through the post con­tain­ing pho­tos from the Hills­bor­ough dis­as­ter.

The let­ters con­tained the mes­sages “DIE SCOUSE B ****** S! DIE!” and “F*** OFF BACK TO LIVER­POOL” as well as a hand drawn smi­ley face along­side a cap­tion read­ing “HA HA HA”.

The vic­tims in­cluded 59-year-old Carl Ed­wards, who was in­side the sta­dium on the day of the dis­as­ter, and Aughton res­i­dents Sean and He­len Fla­herty, and were seem­ingly tar­geted be­cause they dis­played Liver­pool flags out­side their homes.

Mr Ed­wards said he felt obliged to re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice and added: “This is not about foot­ball, this is a hate crime.

“Who­ever it is has taken the time to drive past my house, and then gone home, looked up my ad­dress, printed off the pic­tures and sent it in the post.

“I can­not un­der­stand how any­one could laugh at that.”

Lan­cashire po­lice last week con­firmed they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and is now ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

The force said: “We are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing a num­ber of re­ports of Ma­li­cious com­mu­ni­ca­tions within our com­mu­nity. Let­ters re­lat­ing to the Hills­bor­ough tragedy have been re­ceived by res­i­dents in Orm­skirk and sur­round­ing ar­eas which have cause a lot of up­set and dis­tress.”

Any­one who re­ceived one of the let­ters or has any in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to them should con­tact 6689@ lan­cashire.pnn.po­lice.uk

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