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A simple spelling mistake on a computer database meant police missed crucial details about a man's violent past, just hours before he killed his partner.
Sarah Gosling was stabbed to death in Newcastle earlier this year. Now, the police watchdog has criticised mistakes by Northumbria police, which it says had "profound consequences."
You can see the full report from Ben Chapman below.
A spelling mistake on a police computer allowed a man with a history of domestic abuse to kill his partner, according to a report.
The police watchdog has criticised the Northumbria force for mistakes that led to the death of Sarah Gosling in Newcastle earlier this year.
Watch Ben Chapman's report here:
Northumbria Police have responded to criticisms over their handling of an incident of domestic abuse shortly before a woman was murdered by her partner.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has criticised two officers who responded to a disturbance at a house, two hours before a woman was murdered by her partner.
Ian Hope, 53, stabbed his partner, Sarah Gosling, 41, to death in Lemington, Newcastle, in February.
Errors on the police computer meant a history of domestic abuse in their relationship wasn't attached to his address.
But the IPCC found two officers who attended the house on the night of the murder did not investigate thoroughly. They did not ask for Mr Hope's name and did not run a computer check on him.
If they had, his abusive past would have been linked to him.
A spelling error on a police computer contributed to officers missing signs of domestic abuse shortly before a woman was murdered by her partner.
Sarah Gosling, 41, was stabbed to death by Ian Hope, 53, at their home in Lemington in February. He received a life sentence for her murder.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission found 'organisational and individual errors' in how Northumbria Police dealt with the case.
The force was aware of a history of domestic abuse in the relationship, but Mr Hope's Tewkesbury Road address had been mis-spelled when entered into the computer.
There was therefore no record of the couple's history when officers visited the house on the evening of the murder after reports of shouting. They treated the incident as anti-social behaviour. Two hours later, Hope stabbed Miss Gosling to death.
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The police watchdog has criticised Northumbria Police for its handling of a disturbance, shortly before a woman was stabbed to death.