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First picture of police officer killed by stolen car in Wirral

Pc David Phillips and his family Credit: Merseyside Police

David Phillips was 34 and had two young daughters.

He was knocked down and killed by a stolen pick-up truck being pursued by police following a burglary.

Merseyside chief constable Sir Jon Murphy told a news conference: "He didn't stand a chance."

Pc David Phillips Credit: Merseyside Police

Murdered Merseyside officer named at news conference

A police officer who was killed today with a stolen vehicle has been named by Merseyside Police as Pc David Phillips.

Flowers have been left at the scene and Wallasey Dock North Road in Wirral remains closed as investigators carry out their inquiries.

Flowers at crash scene Credit: ITV news

Police cars and vans lined the road as traffic around the industrial area was diverted.

Robbie Jones, 68, chairman of the nearby Poulton Victoria Sports and Social Club said: "It's unbelievable.The policeman was just doing his job, it's very wrong. From one day to the next you don't know what's going to happen."


Home Secretary's statement on officer's murder

Scene of collision Credit: ITV News

Theresa May has joined the tributes to the police officer who died after he was hit by a car as he tried to stop it in Wirral.

He was pronounced dead later in hospital.

The car had been stolen in a burglary a short time earlier.

Scene of collision Credit: ITV News

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of the officer who has sadly died and with his many colleagues in Merseyside Police and the wider policing community.

"The police strive to keep us and our families safe, taking risks so we can live peacefully.

"When a police officer falls in the line of duty, their death is a reminder of the very real dangers they face day in, day out, as they put themselves in harm's way to deal with violent criminals and dangerous situations."

– Home Secretary Theresa May


Police examine CCTV in officer's murder inquiry

Detectives are examining CCTV footage after a police officer was knocked down and killed by a car fleeing a burglary on the Wirral.

The officer's family have been informed and a family liaison officer is providing support.

Three locations, Wallasey Road North, Corbyn Street and an estate agent in Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, have been cordoned off while forensic examinations are carried out.

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