Thousands of Arsenal fans set to chant Henry Hicks’ name
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Emirates faithful to sing in dead teenager’s honour during Liverpool clash
Tens of thousands of Arsenal fans could belt out a tribute to dead teenager at an upcoming crunch match with Liverpool.
On the 18th minute of the home game on April 4, hordes of the Emirates faithful look set to sing “Justice for young Henry Hicks”, to the tune of the club’s One Nil To The Arsenal chant.
Much-loved Henry, of Liverpool Road, Islington, just 18 when he died in a fatal crash in December while being followed by police.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating, but the Hicks family have launched a petition calling for justice, which has so far gathered nearly 15,000 signatures.
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Now key members of Arsenal supporter groups seem to have backed the campaign.
Highbury Harry, a member of the Black Scarf Movement who has about 30,000 Twitter followers tweeted: “A request for when we play Liverpool at start of April.
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“On the 18th min (tune of 1-0 to The Arsenal) chant “justice, for young Henry Hicks.”
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, whose Facebook page has more than 18,000 likes, posted: “I’m asking everyone on here to help the ‘justice for Henry’ campaign by publicising a chant on the April 4 on the 18th minute vs Liverpool.”
They added: “This good family need answers and won’t let this go until someone is held responsible. The family are lifelong Gooners.”
Prior to his death, Henry’s was being followed by a police car, thought to have is blue lights flashing, when his black Vespa scooter hit a parked car on Wheelwright Street and went into the path of an oncoming Saab.
The Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) has been investigation, and has served the four officers involved with gross misconduct notices – although these do not imply guilt.
The family say they want “justice for our lovely boy” and have set up a charity in his memory to help other bereaved families.