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 TRAGEDY: Hillsborough disaster

TRAGEDY: Hillsborough disaster

TRAGEDY: Hillsborough disaster

Government computers in the UK were used to make offensive and inflammatory comments about the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people died, it was claimed today.

Anonymous alterations to the Wikipedia page about the tragedy were made from computers on Whitehall's secure intranet, the Liverpool Echo said.

The newspaper said revisions to the online encyclopaedia began five years ago on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, and again in 2012.

Among the reported amendments to the Hillsborough section was an insertion saying "Blame Liverpool fans", and two years ago the phrase "You'll never walk alone" was altered to "You'll never walk again" and later "You'll never w*** alone."

A spokeswoman for the Cabinet Office said: "We thank the Liverpool Echo for bringing this to our attention. This is a matter that we will treat with the utmost seriousness and are making urgent inquiries.

UPSETTING

"No one should be in any doubt of the Government's position regarding the Hillsborough disaster and its support for the families of the 96 victims and all those affected by the tragedy."

Margaret Aspinall (inset), from the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said the revelations had been deeply upsetting. She said: "I hear something like that and it upsets me a great deal, it makes me incredibly sad. I'm glad somebody has found out about it but I'm frightened to be honest that we haven't known until now."

The Echo claimed the entries were made from IP addresses used by computers in government departments, including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Treasury and the Office of the Solicitor General. Sheila Coleman, from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, said it was "very saddening" that the changes came from within government.

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