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Off duty police officer murdered in Merseyside

Police lineTributes have been paid to a Merseyside Police officer following his off duty death during a night out in Liverpool.

PC Neil Doyle has been described as “a good cop that any officer would be proud to call a colleague” following his death on 19 December.

He was with two off duty colleagues when the incident happened. A murder investigation has been launched.

Peter Singleton, chairman of Merseyside Police Federation, described PC Doyle as “a good cop that any officer would be proud to call a colleague”.

He had received a string of commendations for good police work.

“Neil was dependable, hard working and just wanted to serve the public,” said Mr Singleton. “He was the kind of officer the police service is built on. This is just devastating news. Our thoughts with his wife, family, friends and colleagues at this time.”

His off duty colleagues have now been released from hospital. One has a fractured cheekbone.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “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 sympathy.”

Date posted: December 19, 2014

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