POLICE have made an arrest over alleged threats to a man who had a sick tattoo about the Hillsborough disaster put on his back.
Danny Hornby, from Fleetwood, posted a picture on his Twitter page of the tattoo which reads “96wne”.
The letters “wne” are thought to stand for “was not enough”.
The image provoked a torrent of abuse from Liverpool supporters outraged at the reference to the tragedy at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final in which 96 fans died.
Mr Hornby, 22, is reported to be a Manchester United supporter.
Neighbours said Mr Hornby and his family left their home in the port in the middle of the night.
One man, who declined to be named, said: “The family moved out on police advice.
“There was a police car parked outside for quite a while. They moved the family out in the middle of the night –they left straight away.”
Lancashire Police today confirmed officers had made an arrest in connection with comments Mr Hornby received.
A police spokeswoman said: “A 20-year-old man from Fleetwood has been arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of incitement in connection with comments made on a social media site.
“He has been bailed pending further inquiries.”
Although Mr Hornby, has now apologised via his Twitter account he was not at home when the Gazette called.
He said on his Twitter page: “I am not in Fleetwood nor staying with family or friends. I wish to apologise to everyone I’ve offended with regard to the tattoo, which is now covered.”
He asked people not to involve his family, adding: “It’s nothing to do with them.”
It is understood police had a meeting with Mr Hornby and advised him to have the tattoo covered.
The police spokeswoman added: “We have spoken to Mr Hornby and given him some advice. But he is not living in the area at the moment.”
The Hillsborough Justice Campaign branded the stunt ‘sad’ but condemned the alleged threats to Mr Hornby.
A spokesman said: ‘It’s sad someone feels the need to decorate their body with such inflammatory comments. But we don’t condone any threats against him.”