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Cat called ‘Paul Newman’ dies after years bringing happiness to Liverpool station


A cat who became a familiar sight to thousands of rail users has died. 'Paul Newman', a hugely popular bengal cat who had become the unofficial face of Liverpool South Parkway station, has died, a Facebook page run in his name confirmed. A status, posted this afternoon, read:
Last April Paul managed to get onto the roof of a platform, causing concerns for staff (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

Last April Paul managed to get onto the roof of a platform, causing concerns for staff (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

A hugely popular cat who became ‘the face of Liverpool South Parkway Station’ has died.

A dedicated Facebook page for the feline – who was named ‘Paul Newman’ after the iconic American actor – posted: ‘It is with a heavy heart I must announce that Paul the cat has journeyed over Rainbow Bridge. I know you will all miss him just as I will.

‘My heart goes out to Steff his owner and all of his colleagues at South Parkway who will miss him.’

The bengal cat began visiting Liverpool South Parkway Station from his nearby home 13 years ago.

He would lounge around the platform barriers, drawing attention and affection from passing commuters and station staff.

But Paul’s time at the station wasn’t without drama.

Paul was ‘the face of Liverpool South Parkway Station’ (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

In 2013 Paul lost popularity among the station’s staff after biting a security guard. The station responded by ‘discouraging’ him from returning, although it refused to ban him.

Last April, he managed to get onto the roof of a platform, causing concerns for staff and prompting the Facebook page to provide panicky rolling updates.

Eventually Paul came back down to the station floor for a drink of water and staff breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Tributes to Paul have been posted on social media.

Layla Shaughnessy wrote: ‘RIP Paul. I loved giving him a little stroke when coming home from work – he was a wonderful, mischievous boy. Sleep tight.’

Perhaps the most moving tribute so far has come from Daniel James Findlay-Belfield, who wrote: ‘I will never forget how he helped me get through a very dark time in my life a few years ago. The happiness he gave to so many people, including myself, will never be forgotten. He was a Legend and I will miss him so much.’

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Source:: Metro

      

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