Police probe troll who mocked Sean Cox and Hillsborough tragedy

Police are making enquiries over a Twitter troll whose sickening posts mocked the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.

The account posted graphic images of supporters battling for their lives on the Leppings Lane terrace along with offensive comments.

Vile comments about Sean Cox, a popular Liverpool supporter who almost died after being attacked by Roma fans outside Anfield, were also made.

The account produced a series of offensive tweets on Monday night, just two days before the 31st anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.

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Hillsborough 31st Anniversary remembered at Liverpool Town Hall. Photo by Colin Lane

Sick remarks were published alongside images of men, women and children caught in the terrace crush and lying on the Hillsborough pitch after escaping the pens.

They also referenced Mr Cox and an attack on the night of a Champions League fixture that left him with life-changing injuries.

The ECHO has chosen not to quote the tweets due to their shameful nature.

The user continued to post offensive tweets after being challenged by others, including Lou Brookes, whose brother Andrew died as a result of the tragedy.

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Lou has vowed to take on the "spineless cowards" who post abuse online.

On Wednesday, as it emerged a teen from Bedfordshire had been cautioned by police for a tweet mocking those caught up in the tragedy, she told the ECHO: "It is absolutely disgusting and sickening. Our 96 and the survivors did nothing to nobody.

Liverpool fan Sean Cox

"They did nothing wrong that day. Hillsborough could have happened to any football fan and every football fan in the country should be thanking us Hillsborough families and survivors. It's because of us that every football fan goes home safe and alive, back to their families.

"Hillsborough would have happened that day no matter what teams were playing.

"Football fans need to keep the point scoring on the pitch. This just goes to show how sick and twisted some so-called football fans are to stoop so low as to photoshop dying and dead people to score points and to make jokes.

"Whether you are a Liverpool fan or not those are 96 innocent souls who did nothing to nobody."

Ninety six Liverpool supporters died when a terrace crush unfolded at the club's FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.

An inquest jury found they were unlawfully killed after hearing of failings leading up to the disaster and on April 15, 1989.

A window display in tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy in Skerries Road, Anfield. Photo: Andy Teebay

The most recent offensive tweets were posted by an account claiming to be based in Essex.

The user described their profile as an "Official Hillsborough Banter Account".

The account has been "temporarily restricted" by Twitter, which means those wishing to access the profile have to confirm they wish to view its content before being allowed to see it.

It continued to post offensive remarks about the tragedy throughout the anniversary.

The activity has been reported to Merseyside Police.

A force spokeswoman said: "We have been made aware of posts on Twitter making reference to the Hillsborough disaster. We are currently making enquiries into the matter.

"Merseyside Police would like to remind social media users that any offences committed online, including malicious communications and inappropriate behaviour, can and will be investigated."