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Hundreds pay respects at funeral of policeman killed by stolen pick-up truck

Published 02/11/2015 | 13:01

The coffin of police officer Dave Phillips is carried into at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral for his funeral service, in Liverpool, Britain November 2, 2015. Phillips was killed when he was struck by a car whilst on duty. REUTERS/Darren Staples
The coffin of police officer Dave Phillips is carried into at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral for his funeral service, in Liverpool, Britain November 2, 2015. Phillips was killed when he was struck by a car whilst on duty. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Handout photo issued by Merseyside Police of the cortege making its way to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral for the funeral of Pc Dave Phillips who was killed in a hit-and-run. Credit: Dave Kendall/Merseyside Police/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by Merseyside Police of family and friends of Pc Dave Phillips, including his wife Jen Phillips and daughters Sophie, 3, and Abigail, 7, as they follow his coffin as it makes its way to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral for his funeral after he was killed in a hit-and-run.Credit: Dave Kendall/Merseyside Police/PA Wire
Flowers line the hearse of police officer Dave Phillips during his funeral service at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Yates
The coffin of Pc Dave Phillips is carried into Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral for his funeral after he was killed in a hit-and-run Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The coffin of Pc Dave Phillips rests inside Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral during his funeral after he was killed in a hit-and-run Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Hundreds of people have flocked to pay their last respects at the funeral of Pc Dave Phillips, who was killed in a hit-and-run.

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The congregation stood as the 34-year-old Merseyside Police officer's coffin was carried into Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.

Earlier, his widow, Jen, 28, led the procession of mourners through the city's streets.

Dressed in black, she walked behind her husband's coffin, which had been draped in a blue Merseyside Police force cloth, holding her seven-year-old daughter Abigail's hand as younger daughter Sophie, three, followed behind.

Handout image from Merseyside Police of PC Dave Phillips with his family.
Handout image from Merseyside Police of PC Dave Phillips with his family.
Police forensic officers work at Wallasey Dock Road where a police officer was struck and killed by a car in Wallasey. Reuters/Andrew Yates

Pc Phillips died after he was hit by a Mitsubishi pick-up truck while trying to use a stinger device on the stolen vehicle in Wallasey in the early hours of October 5.

Six uniformed pallbearers carried his coffin to the front of the cathedral before taking their seats.

Scores of uniformed officers from Merseyside Police had marched behind the hearse as it was led through Liverpool by horses from the force's mounted department.

More officers from around the country joined in, making the city's streets awash with a sea of black.

Merseyside Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy and the region's Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, were also in attendance.

Inside, the cathedral was adorned with blue and white flowers draped with blue ribbons to symbolise Pc Phillips's work in the force.

Dozens of candles were lit in an arrow shape behind his coffin which stood in the middle of the cathedral

As the service began, the Reverend Lyndon Bannon, assistant priest at Willaston in Wirral and assistant headteacher of Woodchurch Church of England High School in Wirral, welcomed the mourners.

Two framed pictures of Pc Phillips with his family bookmarked the officer's coffin.

One showed him holding hands with daughters Abigail and Sophie as they walked through a forest, the other showed a montage of the Phillips family.

The Order of Service handed out to the congregation showed a picture of Pc Phillips wearing his uniform and smiling.

A further picture showed the officer at home.

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