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Duration: 30 minutes

For more than two decades, the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster have claimed that South Yorkshire Police covered up the full story of what happened on 15th April 1989. Now, Lucy Hester speaks to police officers, Hillsborough victims' family members and the author of an infamous article in the Sun newspaper which blamed Liverpool fans for the disaster.

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Sun 9 Sep 2012 22:25 BBC One North West, Yorkshire only

  • Sun reporter's Hillsborough headline regret

    Sun reporter's Hillsborough headline regret

    The Sun journalist who wrote a story alleging drunk Liverpool fans abused victims and police during the Hillsborough disaster said he was "aghast" when he saw the headline.

    Reporter Harry Arnold told the BBC his story had been written in a "fair and balanced way" and the controversial claims had been "allegations".

    He said it was editor Kelvin MacKenzie who wrote the headline "The Truth".

    Official papers will be released on Wednesday, 23 years after the disaster.

    Read the full story on the BBC News website below.

    BBC News: Sun reporter Harry Arnold's Hillsborough headline regret
  • Liverpool vigil as Hillsborough papers released

    Liverpool vigil as Hillsborough papers released

    A vigil will be held for the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster in Liverpool on the day documents about the tragedy are released to the public.

    Government papers about the 1989 football disaster, which led to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans, are due to be released on 12 September.

    Read the full news story on the BBC website below.

    BBC News: Liverpool vigil as Hillsborough papers released
  • Thatcher told 'drunk fans' caused disaster

    Thatcher told 'drunk fans' caused disaster

    Former PM Margaret Thatcher was told a senior Merseyside police officer blamed "drunken Liverpool fans" for causing the Hillsborough disaster, confidential government documents have revealed.

    An official inquiry found the main cause of the tragedy was a failure in crowd control by South Yorkshire Police.

    Read the full story on the BBC News website below.

    BBC News: Hillsborough: Thatcher told 'drunk fans' caused disaster
  • Video: Sun reporter Harry Arnold's Hillsborough regret

    Video: Sun reporter Harry Arnold's Hillsborough regret

    Harry Arnold, the Sun journalist who wrote a story alleging drunk Liverpool fans abused victims and police during the Hillsborough disaster said he was "aghast" when he saw the headline.

    Arnold told the BBC his story had been written in a "fair and balanced way" and the controversial claims had been "allegations".

    He claimed it was editor Kelvin MacKenzie who wrote the headline "The Truth".

    Official papers will be released on Wednesday, 23 years after the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

    The BBC tried to contact Kelvin Mackenzie but he was unavailable for comment.

    Watch a video interview with Harry Arnold on the BBC website below.

    BBC News: Sun reporter Harry Arnold's Hillsborough regret

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Neil Morrow
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Nicola Addyman

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