Whitehall investigates Wikipedia edits

The UK government is investigating how someone behind Whitehall’s secure intranet made inflammatory changes to the Wikipedia page for the Hillsborough disaster.

Ninety six people died when fans were crushed to death during an FA Cup semi-final in 1989 at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield. A 2012 Independent Panel Report overturned the original verdict 1991 verdict on the disaster, with new inquests into the deaths currently being held.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the revisions to the Wikipedia page were made five years ago on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, and again in 2012.

The changes to the Hillsborough entry on the online encyclopaedia include the phrases “blame Liverpool fans, “You’ll never w*nk alone” and “You’ll never walk again”.

Government computers were also reportedly used to make alterations to the Anfield Wikipedia page, with the description of former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly changed from “He made the people happy” to “He made a wonderful lemon drizzle cake”.

The famous “This is Anfield” sign was also altered to read “This is a sh*thole”, while the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield was changed to include “nothing for the victims of the Heysel stadium disaster”, a reference to the 1985 tragedy in Brussels in which 39 people died during a game between Liverpool and Juventus.

The changes were made from IP addresses within government departments, including the Treasury and the Office of the Solicitor General and the Office of the Solicitor General.

Cabinet Office thanked the Liverpool Echo for bringing the matter to its attention and the matter is being treated “with the utmost seriousness” and “we are making urgent inquiries”.

“No one should be in any doubt of the Government’s position regarding the Hillsborough disaster and its support for the families of the 96 victims and all those affected by the tragedy.”

At the height of its success, the Sun newspaper was boycotted for years over its Hillsborough disaster coverage which it blamed on fans.