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Hillsborough Slurs Probe: Andy Burnham's Vow
Labour MP Andy Burnham has promised to hold to account those responsible for using government computers to post what he called "sickening" insults about the disaster.
The Liverpool-born politician said he would not accept "fudges" in the investigation into claims of inflammatory and offensive changes made to the Wikipedia page about the 1989 tragedy.
A total of 96 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush before an FA Cup semi-final at the stadium in Sheffield.
The Liverpool Echo has claimed computers on a secure government network were used to make the amendments.
Among the reported changes was an insertion saying "Blame Liverpool fans", and two years ago the phrase "You'll never walk alone" was changed to "You'll never walk again".
The Cabinet Office has warned it might not be possible to identify those responsible, saying the passage of time and the number of people using the Whitehall intranet would make finding them "challenging".
But Mr Burnham told the Echo he would not accept "second best".
He said: "We need these individuals named and they need to be held to account. It's unacceptable for a civil servant, a rogue civil servant probably, to have behaved in this way, if that's what the inquiry finds.
"The Government offered for me to be involved and I'm willing to take part. As ever, my main concern will be the families, their welfare and having right done by them.
"I'm not going to let anything stand in the way of that."
The Cabinet Office said the matter was being treated with "utmost seriousness".
A spokeswoman said: "The amendments made to Wikipedia are sickening. The behaviour is in complete contravention of the Civil Service Code. It is entirely unacceptable."
Further alleged changes included altering the description of a statue of former manager Bill Shankly on the Anfield page from "He made the people happy" to "He made a wonderful lemon drizzle cake".
A description of the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield was also changed to include "nothing for the victims of the Heysel stadium disaster", a reference to the 39 deaths at a European Cup final in 1985 against Juventus.
Jon Davies, chief executive of Wikimedia UK, said the company was "appalled by such vandalism".
He said: "But our community have systems in place to deal with such incidents.
"In this case none of the offensive comments were up for more than a couple of hours, and most were removed within minutes."