Newsagents in Preston are to be asked to stop selling copies of The Sun newspaper.Advertisement
A motion submitted by two Labour councillors urges Preston City Council to adopt a ‘Don’t Sell The Sun’ policy.
Brookfield councillor John Browne has tabled the document called ‘Total Eclipse of the S*n’ saying two of the Hillsborough victims were from Preston.
He writes in the motion, supported by Town Centre councillor Drew Gale:
“This motion calls on shops in the City of Preston to stop selling The Sun newspaper and condemns it for publishing “blatant lies”. On 15th April 1989 a disaster at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield led, ultimately, to the deaths of 96 innocent fans that had left home that morning to watch a football match.
“Due to crowd control mis-management, those fans whose ages ranged from 10 to 67 years old, had the life crushed out of them. Contrary to the facts, The Sun published a front page story with the banner headline “The Truth” which contained blatant lies. Christine Anne Jones and Gerald Baron from Preston were 2 of the 96 people to die that day.
“For this reason the Council calls on all retailers and vendors of newspapers in Preston to stop selling The Sun newspaper and applauds the group “Total Eclipse of the S*n” for endeavouring to rid the North West of the newspaper.”
Councillors will meet at Preston Town Hall on Thursday 15 December to discuss the motion and decide whether it should be supported.
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