Emma Murphy

ITV News Correspondent

Emma Murphy is a Correspondent for ITV News. She is based in the UK, but covers major stories across the world.

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Officer: No one knew what would happen at Hillsborough

The former police chief superintendent in charge on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has told an inquest that had been assured that any experience he lacked was made up by those around him.

David Duckenfield had only recently been promoted to the position, and had never policed a sell-out match at the stadium before, but said he believed the team - "men of sufficient calibre and experience" - would make up for that.

Christina Lambert QC, for the coroner, asked whether he though it was a mistake to accept the role of match commander and not seek assistance from others, to which he replied:

I'll answer your question shortly but I should explain - there was a culture in the police service at that time. The culture was you would be moved without an overlap and you would learn on the job.

It didn't cross my mind to say I'm not up to the job. I just got on with it.

With hindsight it was a serious mistake. I did know what the job involved but no one, including me, knew what might evolve on the day and what difficulties we may face.

– David Duckenfield
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Hillborough officer admits he was 'not best man' for job

The officer in charge on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has admitted he was "probably not the best man for the job".

Former chief superintendent David Duckenfield, now aged 70, is giving evidence in front of 200 family members of the 96 victims.

David Duckenfield arrived at court this morning Credit: ITV News

He said it did not cross his mind that the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was not something he could not deal with, so long as he was supported by colleagues, and said he had "looked forward to the challenge".

Mr Duckenfield, now 70, told the court he was in his 50s when he was put in charge of the match in April 1989, and while he had considerable experience covering crowd control, policing and planning a football match was very different from the work he had done before.

A total of 96 Liverpool fans died in the crush at the Leppings Lane end of the stadium on the day Mr Duckenfield was in charge.

With hindsight I should have thought about my limited knowledge of the role of the commander at a major event which was an all ticket sell-out when I hadn't had responsiblity for something like that before.

– David Duckenfield
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Major calls for 'transparent inquiry' into Nemstov killing

Former UK Prime Minister John Major has spoken of the need for an "open, transparent inquiry" into the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

In Moscow at the request of current Prime Minister David Cameron, Mr Major told ITV News that he had visited Russia on many occasions in the past, but said the funeral of Putin critic Nemtsov had "got to be the saddest".

Mr Major said he "liked and admired" Nemtsov, and said his death was a "tragedy" - though refused to say whether he believed the killing was state-sponsored.

He said an "open, transparent inquiry" into his death was crucial, saying it was important not just for Nemtsov and those close to him, but for Russia and the Russian people too.

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New Yorkers told to get off roads as blizzard approaches

Emergency alerts have been sent to all mobile phones in New York warning people to get their vehicles off the road by 11pm local - 4am UK time.

Minimum fines of $300 will be imposed on those breaching the curfew - already the streets are deserted.

Forecasters have warned of a 'potentially historic' blizzard in parts of north-east US. Credit: ITV News/Emma Murphy
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Hundreds at Muslim cemetery for terror attack officer

Ahmed Merabet's coffin was driven through the streets of Paris, covered with the tricolore and taken to his local mosque in Bobigny.

People carry the coffin of Police officer Ahmed Merabet, covered with a French flag, during funerals at the Muslim cemetery in Bobigny, outside Paris Credit: Reuters

It was a journey along the streets he had once patrolled and waiting for the arrival of the coffin were hundreds of family and friends, along with those police officers with whom officer Merabet had served.

Ahmed Merabet's coffin was driven through the streets of Paris, covered with the tricolore and taken to his local mosque in Bobigny Credit: Twitter

They wore full ceremonial uniform with a black ribbon over their police badge to mark their loss.

We have been speaking to one of the Imams here, we have also been speaking to representatives of the Jewish community. They are very, very anxious to stress they want religious tolerance.

But as those conversations were going on, all around the graveyard were heavily armed officers, a measure of just how nervous this city is now.

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