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05/10/2015 08:49 BST | Updated 05/10/2015 13:59 BST

Police Officer Run Over And Killed In Wallasey, Merseyside

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The first pictures have emerged of a police officer who was run over and killed during a car chase.

Police have launched a murder investigation after Merseyside policeman David Phillips was struck by a stolen car as he stood holding a “stop stick” on a central reservation in Wallasey, on Merseyside, according to the Telegraph.

He was hit at speed when the red Mitsubishi pick-up - stolen during a burglary - mounted the kerb at around 2.08am on Monday.

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PC David Phillips was killed when he was hit by a stolen car

The vehicle sped away immediately afterwards.

He was given first aid by colleagues rushed to hospital but pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

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Police found the vehicle, which was taken from a property in Birkenhead, soon after.

CCTV is now being examined and forensic examinations taking place near the scene.

According to Sky News, Merseyside Police said in a statement: "An investigation in to the murder of the officer has been launched and detectives are examining CCTV footage in a bid to identify the offenders.

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PC Phillips with his wife Jen and daughter Abigail, seven, and Sophie, three

Wallasey Road North, Corbyn Street and the premises on Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, have been cordoned off whilst forensic examinations are carried out by Crime Scene Investigators."

Anyone who has any information which could help the police with their inquiries is asked to contact 0151 777 2263, or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.