UK Police officer killed during high speed chase in Merseyside

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A Merseyside police vehicle

A murder investigation has been launched after a police officer was killed by a car during a high-speed chase in Wallasey, Merseyside on Monday October 5.

The officer was hit by a red Mitsubishi pick-up vehicle which mounted a central reservation in Wallasey just after 2am.

He had been trying to stop the vehicle – which was taken from an estate agents in Birkenhead an hour earlier – when he was struck.

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He and another officer were standing on the reservation after placing a ‘stop stick’ – a device used to bring vehicles to a halt during chases – on the road.

CPR was carried out on the officer before he was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital where he later died.

“An investigation into the murder of the officer has been launched and detectives are examining CCTV footage in a bid to identify the offenders,” according to a Merseyside Police statement.

“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.”

Police are yet to make any arrests. The Mitsubishi was later found abandoned in Corbyn Street, Wallasey.

Officers are urging witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Mike Tonge, a former deputy chief constable of Merseyside Police, said “Undoubtedly a review will take place to look at all the procedures as to how this event has come to pass.”

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