A statement from Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy QPM, and Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Jane Kennedy regarding the tragic death ofÂ Constable Neil Doyle.
You will realise this is a sad day for Merseyside Police and I now have to brief you about the loss of one of my officers Constable Neil Doyle.
The briefing will be all that I have to say; The investigation is still at a very early stage as detectives try and ascertain the full circumstance of events.
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 their 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 colleageus. Around quarter past three this morning Neil left he Peacock Bar and walked with two Colleages along Colquitt Street in the city centre.
The three officers were subject to an apparently unprovoked and viscous attack by a group of males.
Following intensive emergency treatment at the sceneÂ Constable Doyle was taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital where sadly he died a short time later.
His two colleagues sufferedÂ seriesÂ facial injuries; They have been treated for those injuries and have now been discharged from hospital .
I would like to appeal directly to anybody who may have witnessed the incident, or indeed anyone who may know anything at all that may be connected to the attack.
In particular we would like to speak to anybody who was in the Colquitt Street area in the early hours and who may have seen something of value to the investigation. Anybody who does have information can call the investigation room on the freephone numberÂ 0800 230 0600 or alternatively the Crimestoppers anonymous number 0800 555 111.
Finally I would like to place, on record, myÂ gratitude to the paramedics along with members of the public, who tried in vain to save Neil’s life at the scene, and who also provided aid to the two injured officers.
I’d just like to give you some personal details aboutÂ Constable Doyle: He joined Merseyside Police in May 2004, so had been a constable for a little over 10 years, an operational officer, well-liked and respected by his colleagues, working most of his time in the Liverpool area.
He’s previously been commended for his actions when arresting three men in the face of a violent offensive robbery. He and his wife Sarah were married just five months ago in July and were yet to take their honeymoon, which was planned for January.
As well as Sarah, he leaves behind his mother, Theresa, and his brother Gregg.
Thank you very much.
Ladies and gentlemen I’ll just take a moment to say that I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the death ofÂ Constable Neil Doyle. I’m sure that I speak for people across Merseyside when I send our most heartfelt sympathy to his family, to his friends, and to his colleagus in Merseyside Police.
We’ve received many messages of condolence and support from police officers to chief constables, and PCCs across the United Kingdom including from members of the public. We’re grateful to all of those who have been in contact with us.