Chester Students Told Not To Talk About 9/11 Fancy Dress
7 November 2013, 16:00
Annie Collinge and Amber Langford, both aged 19, said they 'never meant to be offensive' when they went out dressed as the twin towers, under attack.
The day following the story made national, and international headlines, Heart has found that students and staff at the University of Chester have been told to take off the internet, anything which they may have put on the internet about it.
Students and staff received this message this morning (7th November):
On the advice of Cheshire Police, the University is instructing all students and staff as a matter of urgency to remove any material relating to the coverage or events leading to, or following, coverage associated with a Hallowe'en fancy dress competition at Rosies nightclub. Failure to do so may result in prosecution for malicious communications, should complaints be received.
Heart's Alex Wallis has been looking into it:
Heart asked Cheshire Police about the issue, they've told us that they are aware of the story: "...and have spoken to the University of Chester, who are conducting an internal investigation into the matter.
"Cheshire Police are not currently investigating any complaint in relation to this issue."
The 19 year olds said that the plan was to "depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke."
Curtis from Mancot was in Roses Nightclub in Chester when the pair won the Halloween competition, he's been telling Heart there was no concern on the night: "I was quite surprised that they did win with what they were dressed up as, but nobody seemed to care.
"Everybody was quite happy around, no body was booing or anything like that, it wasn't hostile."
"Some people weren't even allowed in for what they were wearing."
Nelson Haerr was a firefighter in New York when the World Trade Centre was attacked on the 11th of September 2001. He has since moved to North Wales where he now runs a hotel and has told Heart that it doesn't offend him: "It shows that people are still thinking about it ten years on.
"It's a sensitivity that provides a memory, and our motto is never forget.
"People are still thinking about it which is not a bad thing."
The University of Chester and the Chester Students' Union have started an investigation into happened, as have the owners of the nightclub.