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".
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.
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.
The other three were convicted and jailed for grievous bodily harm.
A memorial fund was established in Lancaster's name, and numerous events have paid tribute to her locally, nationally and abroad.
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".