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Worcester man charged after wearing offensive Hillsborough T-shirt

Offensive Hillsborough T-shirt Image copyright khfc_laura
Image caption The offensive T-shirt was pictured in a pub garden in Worcester

A man has been charged with wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with offensive words relating to the Hillsborough disaster.

Police received reports of a man seen at the Brewers Arms pub in the St Johns area of Worcester on Sunday, who was asked to leave by the landlord.

Paul Grange, 50, was arrested on Monday and charged with "displaying abusive writing... likely to cause distress".

The wording suggested the disaster was "God's way" of helping a pest control company.

Mr Grange has been bailed to appear at Worcester Magistrates' Court in July.

Supt Kevin Purcell, of West Mercia Police, said: "I understand the alarm and distress the offensive language shown on this T-shirt will have caused to both the people in and around the pub and further afield."

Ninety-six football fans died as a result of a crush at Hillsborough stadium on 15 April 1989 at the start of the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

In April an inquest concluded the 96 fans were unlawfully killed.

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