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Chief Constable 'heartfelt condolences' to PC's wife

In the early hours of this morning Constable Neil Doyle, a married 36-year-old officer with 10 years police experience, lost his life.

On behalf of everybody connected with Merseyside Police I extend our heartfelt and sincere condolences to his wife Sarah and the rest of his family.

Constable Doyle was enjoying a Christmas night out with his work colleagues. Around 3.15am this morning, Neil left The Peacock bar along with two colleagues. As they walked along Colquitt Street in Liverpool city centre they were subjected to an apparently unprovoked and vicious attack by a group of males.

Following intensive emergency treatment at the scene, Constable Doyle was taken to The Royal Liverpool Hospital where he sadly died a short while later.

We would like to speak to anybody who was in the Colquitt Street area in the early hours who may have seen something of value to the investigation.

Anybody who does have information should call the investigation team on Freephone 0800 230 0600 or alternatively, the Crimestoppers anonymous number on 0800 555 111.

“Finally, I would like to place on record my gratitude to the paramedics along with the members of the public who tried in vain to save Neil’s life and who provided aid to the two injured officers.

– Sir John Murphy, Chief Constable Merseyside Police

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Christmas Day truce painting by military artist

The Christmas Day truce during the First World War when troops from both sides met in no man's land to play football and exchange gifts on December the 25th, 1914 has been captured by a military artist. It's hoped the sale of the painting of men from the Cheshire Regiment will raise money for soldiers' charities. You can find out more about the First World War centenary by visiting hte Imperial War Museum North in Trafford.

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