Kelvin MacKenzie ropes in Rosenblatt for Hillsborough police apology bid

Former The Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has turned to Rosenblatt Solicitors’ senior partner Ian Rosenblatt in a bid to extract an apology from South Yorkshire Police for the vilification he suffered in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.

According to reports, MacKenzie wants an apology from South Yorkshire Police for supplying the information that led him to publish a front page article wrongly blaming Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough disaster under the headline ‘The Truth’.

It is understood that his lawyers will contend that MacKenzie suffered decades of vilification as a result of the article, which was based on the reports of members of South Yorkshire Police and a local MP and led to The Sun being boycotted in Liverpool.

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said that she had no knowledge of any letter delivered by MacKenzie’s solicitors, but added: “South Yorkshire Police awaits Mr MacKenzie’s letter with interest. It’s well known that many media outlets ran similar stories at the time based on the same sources but chose to treat them differently. Mr Mackenzie was responsible for the particular headline he chose to run with.”

Earlier this month the SRA announced that it was launching an investigation into the conduct of solicitors involved in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster (20 September 2012), where 96 people died following a human crush at a football match between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest, after seeing reports by the Hillsborough Independent Panel (13 September 2012).

Rosenblatt, who has advised MacKenzie in the past (22 March 2004), could not be contacted for comment but a source at the firm confirmed that he was advising MacKenzie on the matter.