Reports of an ‘offensive photograph’ in Watford

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Reports of an ‘offensive photograph’ in Watford

Hertfordshire Constabulary have issued reports of an ‘offensive photograph’ referencing the Hillsborough disaster, which is currently circulating in Watford.

The image was allegedly posted on a football-related social media site earlier this month, following the Watford v Liverpool match at Vicarage Road on the 29th of February.

It is said to constitute a form of hate crime.

Specialist Officers launched an investigation and identified a person of interest. They have since had an extensive conversation with the person in question, and have eliminated them from the enquiry.

They are also working closely with Watford Football Club.

PC Dani Howlett-Bolton, Hate Crime Officer for Watford and Hertfordshire Constabulary, said:

“By their very nature, these types of crimes are difficult to investigate and we have conducted extensive enquiries so far, as well as working in close partnership with Watford FC.

We are now looking into exactly how the image was posted to that particular site using that particular profile.

This has caused great distress and upset to the families of all 96 people who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster.

I am asking anyone who has information about who may be responsible for this incident to do the right thing and come forward to speak to me as a matter of urgency.”

In their public appeal, Hertfordshire Constabulary and the specialist Officers involved in the case have asked that anybody who might have information report it online or call their non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number 41/19384/20.

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