Lancashire Police arrested five individuals in connection with the attack, but conducted extensive further investigations, as it appeared that up to fifteen people were in the area and may have witnessed or participated in the assault.The police identified the gothic dress of the couple as a possible motivation for the attack.
At the conclusion of the trial on 27 March 2008, Brendan Harris was found guilty of murder, and the judge allowed the names of both Harris and Herbert, which had been concealed during the trial, to be made public.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.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.
They're not the sort of people to get in trouble, but they have had problems in the past because they stand out". Not being able to see her blossom into her full potential or even to see her smile again is a tragedy beyond words".