Just because you follow a different culture you are targeted; you are seen as easy pickings." Rod Liddle of The Sunday Times noted after the murder that the victims of the attack had paid the price for the indulgence of the "feral" criminals who perpetrated it "by their parents, by the courts, by the council, by a government which wants to send fewer such people to prison." While returning home, Lancaster and Maltby were subjected to a "vicious mob attack" from "a large group of people" between and a.m.
on Saturday, 11 August 2007, at the skate park area of Stubbylee Park, Bacup (grid reference The group followed them and assaulted Maltby, knocking him unconscious, and then Lancaster, who was shielding her boyfriend.
The other three were convicted and jailed for grievous bodily harm.
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They had asked for measures to be taken about the area before the tragedy occurred.
Following the murder, residents called for improved security in the area, but Rossendale Borough Council said park rangers would be too expensive.
Five teenage boys were later arrested and charged with murder.
Two of them were convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
On 18 October at Burnley Youth Court all five were committed for trial at Preston Crown Court.
A preliminary hearing was held on 31 October 2007, where the five accused faced a charge of murder for the death of Lancaster and a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent for the assault on Maltby.
Plays, films, art and books have covered the issues surrounding the murder.
Sophie Lancaster (born 26 November 1986) was a former pupil at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School and Haslingden High School, and a gap year student planning to attend Accrington and Rossendale College to do an English degree.
we need an ambulance at Bacup Park, this mosher has just been banged because he’s a mosher".
Witnesses said that afterwards, "The killers celebrated their attack on the goths – or "moshers" – by telling friends afterwards that they had "done summat [something] good," and claiming: "There's two moshers nearly dead up Bacup park – you wanna see them – they're a right mess".
A 15-year-old witness told police: "They were running over and just kicking her in the head and jumping up and down on her head".