Officer murder: A desolate day for Merseyside Police

Posted on October 5, 2015 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

PC David Phillips cropped

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Merseyside Police officer who was murdered as he tried to stop a vehicle from getting away.

PC Dave Phillips, who was married with two young children, was killed as a red Mitsubishi pick-up mounted a central reservation along the A5139 in Wallasey at 2:10am on the morning of 5 October.

A murder investigation has been launched.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy said: “David’s death serves as a reminder of the dangers faced by the police across the UK serving the public.

“They come to work day in, day out knowing the risks. Their loved ones and their families expect them to return home safe.

“David’s daughters will have to grow up without their father.”

David is the first Merseyside Police Officer to be killed on duty since 1981.

The chief constable said PC Phillips was “highly competent”, as well as popular and highly regarded.

He joined the force in 2006.

Peter Singleton, Chairman of Merseyside Police Federation, said: “Dave Phillips will be a huge loss to his family, friends and colleagues.

“He was an enthusiastic officer. We are supporting his family at this tragic time. His colleagues are understandably devastated at his death and we are supporting them.

“This is a desolate day for Merseyside Police.”

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “PC Phillips went to work to serve the people of Merseyside, his family could never expect that he’d never return home.”

“My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with David’s family, friends and colleagues.

“Police officers are on the front line every day protecting our communities. It is a dark day.”

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