The daughter of a Hillsborough victim is still receiving abuse from sick internet trolls, despite last week's landmark inquest verdicts which totally exonerated Liverpool FC fans of any blame on that fateful day.

But mum-of three Charlotte Hennessy, who was just six years-old when her dad James, of Ellesmere Port , was among the 96 who died in the stadium disaster, refuses to let it affect her.

Charlotte says she’s a strong enough person to be able to deal with the abuse levelled at her on social media. But she feels that more needs to be done to protect people who are targeted by internet trolls.

“The amount of grief I’ve had is unreal,” explained Charlotte, who played her part in the 27-year battle to expose what really happened on April 15, 1989. “But that’s fine, we’ve got new verdicts now. I’m not bothered – I’ve just exposed the truth of what happened to my dad.

“The main issue is when you’re specifically targeted by someone. I consider myself a strong person but a couple of years ago I wasn’t.

“There needs to be more protection for people from things like this. The laws around social media need to be looked at.”

Charlotte receives Twitter abuse on a weekly basis and has even been targeted on the anniversary of the disaster, which happened when Liverpool took on Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final tie.

Last year she was sent an offensive tweet by a football referee who got involved in a conversation she was having about the annual memorial service.

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Craig Langton, a fireman and FA Level 4 referee, was banned for eight weeks, fined £100 and warned to his future conduct, the Liverpool Echo reports.

In relation to the abuse, Charlotte said: “It’s not on a daily basis but I get at least two a week I’d say. It’s always the same thing – Heysel, ‘always a victim’, ‘get over it, it was years ago’.

Charlotte Hennessy as a little girl with her father James
Charlotte Hennessy as a little girl with her father James

“Even on memorial days, I’ve been travelling to Anfield and I’ve had tweets and private messages from trolls – ‘your dad wouldn’t be proud of you’.

“They mean nothing. I feel that I’ve always stood up to them. It’s people like that who are bitter and obsessed.

“Why go out of your way to tell someone these things? Jealousy? Pure hatred? What a waste of emotion.”

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Charlotte described the inquest jury's conclusion that the 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed and played no role in the disaster as a 'momentous day'.

She travelled to Warrington to attend all the inquest hearings – bar the individual inquests of the other victims out of respect for the affected families – and admits it’s been a gruelling two years.

It wasn’t until she had her first child that Charlotte, who moved to Connah's Quay in Flintshire from Ellesmere Port shortly after her dad’s death, started to research the disaster and try to find answers – at which point her own personal journey to uncover the truth began.

“It has taken its toll,” she said. “I’ve got three children and it affects them too. It doesn’t just stop with me.

“It hasn’t been easy but I wasn’t left with a choice. I had to do this for my dad.”

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