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17 September 2014 Last updated at 10:17

Murdered woman 'failed by police'Merseyside Police

A series of police blunders contributed to the death of a woman who was murdered by her estranged husband after years of abuse, a report finds.


CCTV of fans at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989Hillsborough 'caused by late fans'

Ticketless fans who arrived "too late" caused the crush at Hillsborough which led to 96 supporters dying, a turnstile operator tells the inquests.

Goodison ParkEverton 'can plan for stadium move'

Everton can move forward with a plan to build a new stadium in a Liverpool park, the city's council says.

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    School wants to extend 12:48: Warrington Guardian
  2.  
    Scottish referendum debate 12:41: via Facebook

    Roger Phillips is talking about the Scottish Referendum with two Scottish-born Liverpool academics with opposing views. He's been asking what you think.

    Gill Ratcliffe says: I will say good on them and this means hope for us all

    Martin Bolton says: I say "Good Luck" to them, they will no longer be servants to our vile and corrupt government. They can move onwards and upwards and never look back.

    Studebaker Hoch says: Whatever the result of this referendum it is clear there has been a shift in attitude in the people outside of London and the south east. Government needs to listen to the rest of the country and consider devolving more power to the provinces. Good luck Scotland whatever you decide!

     
  3.  
    Passport delay cost £500 12:32:

    A woman whose passport application was caught up in the summer backlog says she had to spend £500 extra to ensure she got it in time for her holiday.

    Alison Miners

    Alison Miners, of Cwmbran, (pictured) had to travel to a passport office in Liverpool to collect it, resulting in travel and hotel costs.

    MPs have said people who were forced to pay extra to ensure they got a passport should be compensated.

     
  4.  
    Fundraiser for ill son 12:23: Wirral Globe
  5.  
    Gay-friendly university 12:17: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool John Moores is among the best universities in the country for being gay-friendly, according to the Stonewall University Guide.

    It received a top score on a checklist for their policy on homophobic bullying and whether there are societies and events for lesbian, gay and bisexual students

    Plus, they offer support to staff who are gay.

     
  6.  
    M62 closed after crash 12:09: Warrington Guardian
  7.  
    Walmsley gets one-match suspension 12:02: BBC Sport

    St. Helens prop Alex Walmsley will miss Friday's play-off fixture with Castleford after being handed a one-match ban by the Rugby Football League.

    Alex Walmsley

    The 24-year-old was dismissed for a high tackle on Luke Robinson during the first half of Saints' 17-16 defeat by Huddersfield on Friday.

     
  8.  
    News on the hour 11:57: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A damning report by the police watchdog has found Merseyside police could have prevented a 47-year-old woman being stabbed to death by her estranged husband.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission found a catalogue of "serious failings" after Becky McPhee was stabbed 21 times at her home in Ainsdale.

    Listen live to the bulletin at 12:00.

     
  9.  
    Lane closed on M6 11:52:

    One lane is closed on the M6 northbound between Junction 21 (Woolston) and Junction 21A (Croft Interchange) because of a broken down vehicle.

     
  10.  
    Scottish referendum 11:46: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    On the phone-in today, we're talking about the Scottish referendum, with two Scottish-born academics from Liverpool Hope University with opposing views.

    Referendum cupcakes

    Michael Lavalette is Professor in Social Work, and George Mair is Professor of Criminal Justice. If they had the vote Professor Mair would be a No vote and Professor Lavalette a Yes.

    Call 0151 709 9333 to join the debate from 12:00, or contact us on Twitter.

     
  11.  
    Fans 'pretended to be stewards' 11:37: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    A former police inspector has told the Hillsborough inquests Liverpool fans tried to get into the stadium by pretending to be stewards with passes made of plastic and tape.

    Harry White described the behaviour of supporters between 12:00 and 14:00 as "excellent".

    The inquest jury heard he noticed central pens were getting full. A note at 14:30 said: "Checked pens and elevate section. No problems".

     
  12.  
    Zoo cameo role 11:32: Chester Chronicle
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    M62 closed after crash 11:24:

    BBC Travel reports the M62 is closed and there's queuing traffic eastbound between Junction 6 (Tarbock Island) and Junction 7 (Rainhill Stoops), because of a serious accident involving two lorries and a car and recovery work.

    A diversion is in place along the Knowsley Expressway southbound, east on the A562 towards Widnes and then north on the A577 to re-join the M62 at junction 7.

    The matrix sign is set to 40 mph. Congestion is stretching back to Junction 5 (Huyton) and on the M57 to Junction 2 (Prescot).

     
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    Shop fire in Kirkdale 11:16:

    A woman has been taken to hospital after a fire on the ground floor of a shop in Kirkdale.

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said the woman was taken to hospital after the fire in Westminster Road at about 07:40, thought to have been caused by a fridge.

    An investigation has begun.

     
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    Hillsborough turnstile concerns 11:04: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    Former police inspector Harry White told the Hillsborough inquests he would gauge the fullness of central pens at previous matches when people started backing up in the tunnel that led to them.

    He had to brief officers that turnstiles nine and 10 normally used for Leppings Lane had been allocated to the north stand. "I lost two turnstiles," he said.

    He said he was concerned about the number of turnstiles for the number of people to be admitted. He didn't raise it with his superiors, as they already knew the situation.

     
  16.  
    News on the hour 10:57: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A damning report by the police watchdog found that Merseyside Police could have prevented a 47-year-old woman being stabbed to death by her estranged husband.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission found a catalogue of "serious failings" after Becky McPhee was stabbed 21 times by her estranged husband at her home in Ainsdale.

    Listen live to the bulletin at 11:00.

     
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    Victorian baths appeal 10:50: Chester Chronicle
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    Murdered woman 'failed by police' 10:45: Emma Stanley BBC News

    A series of police blunders contributed to the death of a woman who was murdered by her estranged husband after years of domestic abuse.

    Becky McPhee, 47, was stabbed to death by Paul Holmes in 2012 following "serious failings" by Merseyside Police, the police watchdog said.

    Over two years, 17 events involving Ms McPhee and Holmes were recorded.

    The report found a senior officer would have faced a misconduct hearing if he had not already retired.

     
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    'Abdicated responsibility' at Hillsborough 10:40: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside

    A former police inspector had a breakdown and retired on medical grounds after the Hillsborough disaster, the inquests heard.

    Harry White collapsed at work a few days after the disaster and left his job in December 1989.

    He said the "find your own level" policy at the match on 15 April 1989 where 96 fans died, "abdicated responsibility" for controlling the crowd to fans.

    The hearing in Warrington continues.

     
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    Liverpool's European victory 10:35: BBC Sport
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    Police 'sorry' for shortfalls 10:30:

    Merseyside Police "fully accepts" a watchdog's recommendations after an investigation found it "failed" a domestic violence victim murdered by her estranged husband.

    Becky McPhee was stabbed to death by Paul Holmes in 2012. The force has held dedicated training sessions for officers but said it was "determined... to improve the service".

    Responding to the Independent Police Complaints Commission's report, Assistant Ch Con Ian Pilling said: "In relation to Rebecca's death, there were shortfalls on the part of Merseyside Police, in particular, there was a failure to recognise the risk posed to the victim by her killer, who had threatened to commit suicide.

    "The force fully accepts all the recommendations of the IPCC report and will do all we can to ensure that they are implemented in their entirety."

     
  22.  
    Frustration for Tranmere 10:24: Phil Kinsella BBC Merseyside Sport

    In League Two there was more frustration for Tranmere who were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Newport.

    The result leaves Rovers without a win in their last three games and 15th place in the table.

    Rovers will be checking on the extent of the injury to Matt Hill this morning, the full back had to leave the field after just 10 minutes last night, it's feared he may have ruptured his Achilles tendon.

     
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    An amazing city 10:17:

    Liverpool Chamber tweets: What an amazing city we live in pic.twitter.com/5JF74kgFOR

    Liverpool view
     
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    No action for police 'failing' 10:12:

    A former Merseyside Police inspector in charge of the "poor" search for an estranged husband who murdered his wife will not face a misconduct hearing because he has retired, a police watchdog said.

    Insp Grahame Abram, who led the search for Paul Holmes, has a misconduct case to answer for "a serious failure" but he has since retired after serving 30 years in the force, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

    Becky McPhee was stabbed to death in 2012.

    Another inspector acting as Critical Incident Manager for part of the search, was criticised by the watchdog for a series of failings. He was dismissed from Merseyside Police for an unrelated matter.

     
  25.  
    Angels on Merseyside 10:06: Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside

    This morning I want to find the Angels of Merseyside. The people who've gone out of their way to help you.

    A man has emailed in to thank a group of women who comforted him while he was upset in New Brighton. They gave him a cuppa and chatted with him for 10 minutes.

    "It was on of the kindest acts I have ever encountered in my life. I will always remember it and will always be grateful. Liverpool and Merseyside is still populated by caring people."

    Call 0151 709 9333 or text 81333 with Mersey before your text.

     
  26.  
    News on the hour 09:59: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Department for Transport is denying rail union claims they want Northern Rail services across Merseyside to scrap conductors.

    Bidders for the new franchises are being asked to use the drivers to operate opening and shutting the doors on the trains - so other staff can be freed up to help passengers.

    Listen live to the bulletin at 10:00.

     
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    Watchdog's abuse report 09:51:

    Merseyside Police has been urged to consider extra training for officers after a domestic abuse victim was murdered by her estranged husband, a police watchdog said.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) made a number of recommendations after Becky McPhee was stabbed to death by Paul Holmes in 2012.

    The IPCC's recommendations for the force to consider include:

    • Additional training on the Protection of Harassment Act
    • Look at whether domestic abuse co-ordinators are as effective as they should be
    • Establish action plans for breaches of bail conditions
    • Ensure logs are filled in properly and only by trained staff.
     
  28.  
    Favourite matchday songs 09:41: BBC Sport

    Find out which football matchday songs make the 'Top Of The Kop' charts - as voted for by BBC Sport users.

    BBC Sport's 'Top Of The Kops'

    Everton's famous "Z-Cars" theme, Leeds United's "Marching On Together" and West Ham's "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" all feature as well as Liverpool's "You'll Never Walk Alone".

    There is even a surprise entry from Queen with "We Are The Champions".

     
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    Merseyside Police 'fail' abuse victim 09:30:

    Merseyside Police "failed" a domestic violence victim who was murdered by her estranged husband, a police watchdog has found.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said Becky McPhee's death "could have been prevented".

    Ms McPhee was stabbed to death by Paul Holmes in 2012. From 12 January 2010 to 5 January 2012, the force recorded 17 separate incidents, including a statement where Ms McPhee believed it was only a matter of time before she would be killed.

    The IPCC found a number of errors including officers' failure to follow the force's domestic abuse policy. The investigation found a lack of understanding or reluctance by Merseyside Police to consider harassment laws - an oversight which it considered to be a serious failing.

     
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    Police slammed over murder case 09:25: Liverpool Echo

    A catastrophic series of police blunders led to a Merseyside woman being murdered by her violent estranged husband.

     
  32.  
    Reds a work in progress - Rodgers 09:18: BBC Sport

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is delighted his side won their opening Champions League fixture, a 2-1 victory over Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad.

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

    All three goals were scored in the final 10 minutes of the match, with Mario Balotelli's opener cancelled out by Dani Abalo, before a stoppage-time penalty from Steven Gerrard gave the home side the win.

    Rodgers admits his time are still a "work in progress" and feels they are not up to the standards of last season, but will get there in time.

     
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    News on the hour 08:58: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Department for Transport is denying rail union claims they want Northern Rail services across Merseyside to scrap conductors.

    Bidders for the new franchises are being asked to use the drivers to operate opening and shutting the doors on the trains - so other staff can be freed up to help passengers.

    Listen live to the bulletin at 09:00.

     
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    Accident on M62 08:56:

    There are reports of two lanes blocked due to an accident on the M62 eastbound between Junction 6 M57 (Tarbock Island) and Junction 7 (Rainhill Stoops).

     
  35.  
    Grow your own food 08:49: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm in Kirkby finding out how these planters will be used to help people learn to grow their own food.

    Activate Ltd UK
     
  36.  
    Fire hit dogs' home takes in strays 08:33: BBC North West Tonight

    Manchester Dogs' Home is to start taking in strays again from today. New animals will be housed in temporary kennels being built in the car park.

    Manchester Dogs' Home fire

    So far, nearly £1.5m has been raised after last week's huge fire.

     
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    Liverpool 'have a lot to learn' 08:22: BBC Sport

    Captain Steven Gerrard said Liverpool must improve to progress in the Champions League after they needed his late penalty to beat Ludogorets 2-1.

    Steven Gerrard scores a late penalty against Ludogorets

    The 2005 winners looked set to drop points against the Group B underdogs when Dani Abalo cancelled out Mario Balotelli's opener in stoppage time.

    But Gerrard's spot-kick secured victory for Liverpool, who visit Basel next before a home tie against Real Madrid.

     
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    Trains without conductors 08:15: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    We've had conductor-less buses now for years - but there's a growing move towards having drivers-only on our trains.

    Companies bidding to take over some of our rail franchises are being asked to outline how they'd introduce services without guards on some routes.

    Councillors in Liverpool want a re-think by the Department for Transport amid concerns over passenger safety. What do you think? Let us know via Facebook or tweet @bbcmerseyside.

     
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    Dry with sunny spells 08:06:

    BBC Weather predicts it will be a dry day, with variable cloud and sunny spells developing once any early patchy mist or hill fog in the east clears.

    Weather forecast

    Feeling warm in the sunshine with light winds.

     
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    News on the hour 08:02: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Councillors in Liverpool will today discuss controversial government plans to get rid of conductors on some train services on Merseyside.

    Driver-only operations could be run on Northern Rail and Trans-Pennine Express routes.

    Listen live to the bulletin at 08:00.

     
  41.  
    Good morning 08:00: Nafeesa Shan BBC News

    Hi everyone, I'm here with the news, sport, travel and weather updates throughout the day.

    Remember you can get in touch and share your comments and pictures by emailing merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk, tweeting @bbcmerseyside or posting a message on Facebook.

     

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