HILLSBOROUGH survivors and victims’ families today welcomed plans to probe a cruel internet impostor scam.
A group of campaigners targeted by web hoaxers pretending to be haunted by the tragedy are set to visit police.
Merseyside Police’s hi-tech crime unit vowed to investigate the sick hoax concocted over many months.
Members of the charity, Hope for Hillsborough, will visit a Merseyside police station in the coming days.
The group, fronted by Anne Williams, who lost her 15-year-old son, Kevin, in the crush, are now collating their evidence.
It includes Facebook and text messages, web profile pages, and mail amassed throughout the autumn.
Once a report is made to police, officers will investigate on a local level. Their findings could then be passed onto the specialist hi-tech crime unit.
Ian Barnes, chairman of Hope for Hillsborough, told the ECHO: “We’ve been told to gather everything we’ve got and go down the station. A senior officer told me they’d see if a criminal offence has been committed and if it is in the public interest to prosecute.
“For me, the tragedy of Hillsborough is very much in the public interest. What these impostors have done is beyond belief.
“What these fakers have done to families and survivors is bang out of order. This went on for months and months.”