PC died following an
assault in Liverpool City Centre
Photo supplied by Merseyside
MERSEYSIDE Police have
confirmed that they have arrested a man on suspicion of
murdering an off-duty Police Constable in Liverpool. Merseyside
Police said the suspect handed himself in.
This comes after an incident that took place at 3.15am, on
Friday, 19 December 2014, when Merseyside Police responded to a
call following reports of an assault on Colquitt Street, near to
the Aloha club. The 3 victims were taken to hospital, where the
36 year old man died a short while later. It was later confirmed
that the 36 year old was an off duty Police Officer, from Eaton
Road Police Station. The other 2 were colleagues, who suffered
facial injuries. At the time of release of this report is NOT
known as to the cause of PC Doyle's death and a post-mortem is
to be conducted to establish this. We have been told that the
security team from the club gave "extensive" First
Aid at the scene in an attempt to save PC Doyle's life. Also 1
of the off-duty Officers suffered a fractured cheekbone during
the assault. Another suffered a less serious facial injury.
The media are also being told that it is possible that the
"unprovoked" attack by a number of men in Colquitt
Street, might have been due to the fact his killers had
recognised him. He and his 2 colleagues were off-duty at the
time and enjoying a night out. Merseyside Police Press Office
saying:- "The fact that the officers themselves may or may
not have been recognised, as being serving Police Officers,
whilst being out in the City Centre is only 1 of a number of
lines of enquiry."
At the press conference in Liverpool, the media have been
briefed that understandably the family of PC Doyle are
"extremely distressed" by this tragic lost of life. It
as also reported to the press that he had been with his long
term partner, Sarah for 16 years, and also leaves his brother,
Greg and his Mum, Theresa "overwhelmed with shock"
at the news of his death, as are his friends and colleagues. PC
Doyle had been due to go on honeymoon with his wife Sarah, next
Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy, said in a press briefing on
Friday, 19 December 2014 that:- "This is a very sad day
for Merseyside Police and I now have to brief you about the loss
of one of my officers, Constable Neil Doyle. This briefing will
be all that I have to say, the investigation is in its early
stages and detectives are still trying to ascertain the full
circumstances of events. Consequently, neither the Commissioner,
who will speak for a moment, or myself will be answering
questions. 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."
He then added that:- "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
were he sadly died a short while later. His 2 colleagues
suffered serious facial injuries. They have been treated for
their 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 the attack. In particular 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. Anybody who does have information should call the
investigation team on Freephone:- 0800 230 0600 or
alternatively, the Crimestoppers anonymous number on:- 0800 555
111. 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 2 injured
Aloha manager, Ryan McMahon has told the press that:-
"There was a bit of an altercation with 2 groups, as 3 lads were
walking down Colquitt Street together. It wasn't even an
argument really, with no shouting or swearing. They then squared
up to each other and a couple of punches were thrown. Our
doormen, although the group weren't in the venue, did go out and
assist in performing CPR until the Police arrived. They did what
they could. I've not managed to speak to them yet, but I believe
they have been helping the Police. It's terrible, just
unbelievable. I feel very sorry for his family!"
We have also been told that PC Neil Doyle was a well liked, hard
working bobby who did his best to support the community.
Merseyside Police Federation's Chairman Peter Singleton said:-
"Sometimes it seems hollow and false to say these words
but he really was a good, skilled, dependable cop, who would
always do his best for the public."
Merseyside Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy has also issued a
tribute saying:- "I am deeply shocked and saddened by this
news. My heart goes out to the family of Neil Doyle. I am sure I
speak for people across Merseyside when I send his loved ones,
friends and colleagues our thoughts and most heartfelt
We want to stress that the murder investigation is still in its
very early stages and following the death of Constable 6944 Neil
Doyle and flags outside public buildings on Merseyside are now
flying at half-mast, as a form of tribute to PC Doyle.
Officers are trying to establish what happened and are asking
the public for help. If you have any information please contact
them on:- 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800
Merseyside Police have also added that:- "We would like to
say 'thank you' to the public for all your messages of
condolence for PC Neil Doyle. We'll ensure they are passed onto
his family and to his colleagues over the next few days and
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