17 September 2014 Last updated at 05:17 ET

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.

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    Warriors' same group selection 17:10: BBC Sport

    Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has kept faith with the same group selected for the 24-20 win over Warrington.

    Josh Charnley

    Whoever loses the match will still be able to reach the Grand Final via the elimination play-offs.

     
  2.  
    Clear spells with mist 17:06: Mel Coles BBC Weather

    BBC Weather says it will stay dry with some extended clear spells in the west allowing patches of mist to form overnight.

    weather

    It will be cloudier in the east with a chance of hill fog.

     
  3.  
    Road closed due to police incident 17:02:

    Stanley Road northbound is closed due to a police incident at Celia Street / Macbeth Street.

     
  4.  
    news on the hour 16:58: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside police say lessons have been learned after "serious failings" were found in the case of a 47-year-old woman stabbed to death by her estranged husband.

    Earlier the police watchdog - the Independent Police Complaints Commission - published a report on the death of Rebecca McPhee, who was stabbed 21 times by her ex-husband at her home in Ainsdale in January 2012.

    Listen live to our 17:00 bulletin.

     
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    Woman airlifted to hospital 16:54: St Helens Star
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    What do you think? 16:47:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

     
  7.  
    Super League try of the week 16:44: BBC Sport

    Wigan Warriors winger Josh Charnley intercepts a pass from Warrington's Michael Monaghan and runs almost 80 metres to score a vital try in the Warriors' comeback win.

    Wigan Warriors winger Josh Charnley

    The runaway try was Charnley's second of the game, as Wigan overcame an 18-4 half-time deficit to go on to win 24-20 in the final round of the regular season.

    The result helped the Warriors finish second in the league table and they face third-placed Huddersfield on Thursday in the opening week of the play-offs.

     
  8.  
    With Boy George 16:38: Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    tweets: A treat to meet @BoyGeorge @mrstevelevine ahead of @BBCPhilharmonic Presents #CultureClub

    Boy George and Annabel Tiffin
     
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    Frank Bruno in Widnes 16:33: Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News
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    Coming up on north west tonight 16:28: Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    Murdered by her violent ex-husband - Merseyside Police missed chance after chance to help Becky McPhee.

    A retired police inspector has told the new Hillsborough inquests that police "abdicated responsibility for control of the crowd to the fans themselves."

    Former Inspector Harry White was on duty at the Leppings Lane end of the ground where 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death in 1989. Andy Gill is at the inquests in Warrington.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

     
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    Success in gay University guide 16:18:

    Liverpool John Moores University LGBT tweets: Very proud to be one of six UK universities to score full marks in the just-released @stonewalluk Gay by Degree guide ow.ly/BASWO

     
  12.  
    Martinez excited by plans 16:10: BBC Radio Merseyside

    Roberto Martinez has described Everton's plans for a new stadium in Walton Hall Park as "really exciting" - though warns they are at a very early stage.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez

    The designs would include shops and leisure facilities along with a regeneration project for the surrounding area.

    The manager hopes the supporters are pleased with the proposals.

     
  13.  
    Heavy traffic in Aigburth 16:02:

    BBC Travel says there's heavy traffic on Aigburth Road eastbound in Aigburth between the Ashfield Road junction and the Aigburth Hall Avenue junction.

     
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    news on the hour 15:57: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police say lessons have been learned after "serious failings" were found in the case of a 47-year-old woman stabbed to death by her estranged husband.

    Earlier the police watchdog - the Independent Police Complaints Commission - published a report on the death of Rebecca McPhee, who was stabbed 21 times by her ex-husband at her home in Ainsdale in January 2012.

    Listen live to our 16:00 bulletin.

     
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    Tests after 'unexplained' death 15:51: Southport Visiter
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    OAP found collapsed in park 15:46:

    A 76-year-old woman has been found collapsed with facial injuries in Newsham Park.

    She was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries after being discovered in Newsham Drive on Sunday.

    Merseyside Police said it is unclear whether the woman had her handbag with her before she was found and officers are trying to find the bag.

     
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    Talking flags 15:41: Paul Salt BBC Radio Merseyside

    What would the British flag look like if Scotland votes for independence?

    flag

    The Flag Institute will be on the show later. Not sure about this one! Not long until the Scots go to the polls now but should the rest of the UK have been allowed to vote in the referendum?

    Get in touch via Facebook or call 0151 709 9333 after 16:00.

     
  18.  
    Re-live match best moments 15:34:

    Liverpool FC tweets: Relive the best moments of @lfc18alberto's display against Ludogorets with our latest LFCCTV: liverpoolfc.com/news/latest-ne…

     
  19.  
    Scottish referendum debate 15:27: via Facebook

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

    Brian Nicholls says: I say that Alex Salmond has not got a clue what he is taking the Scottish people in to.. He called this Government scare mongerers... That's rich from a guy who started this all off.. I say Good Riddance.. I for for one don't care ...

    Geoff Edwards says: I am quite anxious about it because it will affect the whole UK economy as a result of the shift in the rest of the UK's stance on the EU (ie they are against it) and this will have a detrimental effect on international investment in this country. We have just come out of one recession and this will set the economy back once again. The Americans have summarised it quite nicely - the referendum will determine whether there will be a divorce, and the next 18 months will result in instability while the rest of the UK and Scotland battle over a bitter divorce settlement. I fear we will all lose out. Let's stay together but get the south east biased government to think about the regions more seriously.

     
  20.  
    Everton's Deulofeu hope 15:22: BBC Sport

    The Gossip column reports: Everton have been given renewed hope of bringing back their former loanee winger Gerard Deulofeu, 20, who has become frustrated by a lack of game time at Barcelona, according to the Daily Express.

    Gerard Delofeu
     
  21.  
    Commander: 'Gate down to me' 15:16: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside

    A retired inspector has told the Hillsborough inquests the match commander at Hillsborough told colleagues after the match that "only he" could order an exit gate to be opened.

    The Hillsborough disaster

    Harry White said he went to the Police Sports Club after the disaster for a drink and spoke to David Duckenfield.

    The inquests were told Mr Duckenfield was said to have told Mr White: "This gate, is down to me - it's only me that can make an order for the gate to be opened, I ordered the gate to be opened."

    Mr White claimed Mr Duckenfield said officers should write their recollections down on blank sheets of paper.

     
  22.  
    news on the hour 14:59: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    The new Hillsborough inquests have heard how the match commander told colleagues after the disaster that "only he" could order an exit gate to be opened.

    Listen live to the bulletin at 15:00.

     
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    Cultural centre approved 14:50:

    Cheshire West tweets: Planners recommend green light for Chester's Cultural Centre hbuzz.mw/bcwtu_f #Chester @RENEWCHESTER

     
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    Arson costs lives 14:43:

    Cheshire Fire tweets: Fire is unpredictable. Arson costs lives. If you see anyone firesetting call Crimestoppers. bit.ly/1pjjyZr

    Arson
     
  25.  
    Bus station consultation launched 14:31:

    A consultation has been launched for a new bus interchange in Chester, Cheshire West and Chester Council said.

    Peoples' views will then be used to help design the new station proposed for Gorse Stacks ahead of a formal planning application later this year.

    The consultation ends on 9 October.

     
  26.  
    Well done to university 14:15: BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Well done to @LJMU as Liverpool John Moores is named among the best universities in the country for being gay friendly.

     
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    Control box police criticised 14:09: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside

    Police in Hillsborough's control box "should have noticed something very serious was going wrong", a retired inspector told the fresh inquests.

    CCTV of fans at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989

    Harry White, who was responsible for the area at the back of the Leppings Lane turnstiles, was asked if he should have been more concerned with people entering the ground in large numbers.

    He told the inquests he thought someone may have died outside and said those in the police control box should have noticed something very serious was going wrong.

    The former inspector had a breakdown after the disaster and retired. He didn't give evidence to either the public inquiry or the initial inquests.

     
  28.  
    Live music from Liverpool star 14:01: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm really looking forward to today's show because we have live music from Nathan Carter and John Pettifer. Nathan is from Liverpool and is a big star in Ireland!

    Billy Butler with Nathan Carter and John Pettifer
     
  29.  
    news on the hour 13:57: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police say lessons have been learnt after "serious failings" were found in the case of a 47-year-old woman who was stabbed to death by her estranged husband.

    Listen live to the bulletin at 14:00.

     
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    Scottish referendum debate 13:44: 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.

    Louise Urban says: But surely it is not about "good riddence". I have Scottish friends and they will be voting YES, but i'm happy for them to as it will give them freedom from Westminster etc.

    Maria Callaghan says: wish we could have a vote on the North South devide...good luck Scotland...

    Pauline Horner says: If the Scots go , I hope it brings down this awful government .

     
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    What do you think? 13:39:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

     
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    Fertility inspires artwork 13:33:

    Ancient and contemporary fertility symbols are part of new exhibition by the Liverpool Art Prize 2013 winner, Tabitha Moses.

    Tabitha Moses

    The three white hospital gowns, which are part of the display for the Investment exhibition, were inspired by fertility treatment. It's on show at the Walker Art Gallery from 27 September to 26 October.

     
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    Pot hole hell 13:23: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    You're driving along a road and then you suddenly hit a pot hole without warning. Frustrating isn't it....

    Man pretending to dive in a pothole

    BBC News have been taking a look at project in Lithuania where some people are in such despair about the state of the roads they've started a series of comic photos.

    Two women can be seen using one hole as sink to brush their teeth and one man poses as a diver (pictured) ready to throw himself in.

     
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    Coming up on North West Today 13:13: Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    Merseyside police have been heavily criticised for failing to protect a woman who was killed by her former husband.

    Becky McPhee had told officers it was only a matter of time before Paul Holmes would take her life. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has listed a catalogue of failures by the force.

    The IPCC has described it as one of the worst cases. Our chief reporter Dave Guest is at Merseyside Police Headquarters.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

     
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    People on the M62 13:07:

    BBC Travel says there are people on the road on the M62 westbound between Junction 5, (Huyton) and Junction 4, (Rocket).

     
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    news on the hour 12:58: 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 13:00.

     
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    Everton revenue 'increase' 12:54: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A football finance expert has told BBC Radio Merseyside how a new stadium for Everton could increase their revenue by more than £30m a year.

    Goodison Park

    Plans have been announced to move forward with a design for Walton Hall Park in North Liverpool.

    Journalist Alex Miller, from FC Business magazine, thinks it will help the Toffees to comply with financial fair play rules.

     
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    School wants to extend 12:48: Warrington Guardian
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    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!

     
  40.  
    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.

     
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    Fundraiser for ill son 12:23: Wirral Globe
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    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.

     
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    M62 closed after crash 12:09: Warrington Guardian
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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.

     
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    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".

     
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    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.

     
  53.  
    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."

     
  59.  
    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.

     
  60.  
    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.

     
  62.  
    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.

     
  63.  
    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.

     
  64.  
    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.
     
  65.  
    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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  67.  
    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.

     
  68.  
    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.

     
  69.  
    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.

     
  70.  
    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.

     
  71.  
    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).

     
  72.  
    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
     
  73.  
    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.

     
  74.  
    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.

     
  75.  
    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.

     
  76.  
    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.

     
  77.  
    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.

     
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    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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