Police arrest man over t-shirt mocking Hillsborough tragedy

A giant banner at St George's Hall in Liverpool, with a candle lit for each of the 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster.

A giant banner at St George's Hall in Liverpool, with a candle lit for each of the 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster.

A 50-year-old man has been arrested after a pub-goer was seen wearing a T-shirt mocking the Hillsborough disaster.

Police said the suspect, from Worcester, was detained under public order laws on suspicion of causing alarm or distress by displaying abusive or insulting writing.

Officers from West Mercia Police launched an inquiry on Sunday after a man was seen wearing a T-shirt describing the 1989 disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, in language that could be upsetting and offensive to the victims' families.

Pictures have been posted on social media of the man, who was asked to leave the Brewers Arms, in the St John's area of Worcester, by the landlord.

Superintendent Kevin Purcell said: "I understand the alarm and distress the offensive language shown on this t-shirt will have caused to both the people in and around the pub and further afield.

"I would like to thank the landlord of the pub for his support and all the members of the public who were in the pub at the time and came forward to report it.

"Police acted very quickly to arrest the individual and he remains in police custody at this time."