More time to quiz murder suspect

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Published: Monday 22nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Detectives have been granted extra time to question a second man suspected of murdering an off-duty police constable.

Pc Neil Doyle, 36, was attacked in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Friday morning during a Christmas night out with colleagues.

A 28-year-old man from Huyton was arrested on suspicion of murder later that day.

Merseyside Police have been granted permission to keep him in custody for further questioning until tonight.

Today, the force said they have also been granted an extension to continue to question a 30-year-old man from Huyton who was arrested on Saturday.

A police spokeswoman said: “Magistrates have granted Merseyside Police a warrant of further detention until this evening for detectives to continue to question a 30-year-old man from Huyton on suspicion of the murder of Pc Neil Doyle.”

Both men were also arrested on suspicion of assaulting two other off-duty officers who were attacked alongside Pc Doyle by three men in Colquitt Street at around 3.15am on Friday.

The two officers were both treated in hospital for facial injuries.

Pc Doyle’s widow Sarah said in a statement: “Neil was very well loved by all of his family, friends and colleagues and it is a great loss to us all.

“We are finding it extremely difficult to come to terms with what has happened and need time to be left to grieve.”

The couple got married in July and were due to go on their honeymoon next month.

A post-mortem examination concluded that Pc Doyle died from a fatal bleed around the brain.

This was caused by damage to major blood vessels supplying the brain and is consistent with an assault.

One line of inquiry in the investigation is that the officers were recognised from their work by their assailants.

Published: Monday 22nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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