A 28-year-old man from Huyton has been arrested on suspicion of murder following an assault in Liverpool in which an off duty policeman died.
Merseyside Police say the man presented himself at a police station this evening and is being interviewed by detectives.
A post mortem to establish the cause of death of Constable Neil Doyle has concluded that he died as a result of a fatal bleed around the brain, caused by damage to major blood vessels supplying the brain, consistent with an assault.
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Detectives have confirmed they are seeking three men. The Officer was on a night out with two colleagues they were attacked in the early hours of this morning.
PC Neil Doyle married his partner Sarah just five months ago in July and the couple were due to go on honeymoon next month. Anyone with information is asked to call freephone 0800 230 0600 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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PC Neil Doyle had been a serving officer for 10 years with a commendation for dealing with a violent robbery. He was married five months ago in July and leaves behind his wife Sarah, brother Gregg and mother Theresa.
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.
“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.
Peter Singleton, the Chair of Merseyside Police Federation says the friends and colleagues are devastated by the death of PC Neil Doyle. He says its terrible at anytime but particularly at this time of year and all thoughts are with PC Doyle's family.
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Freephone number to give information 0800 230 0600 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
PC Neil Doyle had been married for just 5 months.