Funeral for street attack officer
The funeral will be held later today of an off-duty police officer killed while on a Christmas night out with colleagues.
Pc Neil Doyle, 36, died from a bleed on the brain after being attacked in Liverpool city centre on December 19.
Pc Doyle married his wife Sarah last July and they were due to go on their honeymoon this month.
Off-duty officers Michael Steventon and Robert Marshall were also attacked and treated in hospital for facial injuries. Three men were arrested for murder.
His funeral will take place at Liverpool Parish Church in central Liverpool at 11.30am today.
The couple were regular worshippers at the church and the funeral sermon will be given by the Rev Canon Robert Lewis, who presided at their wedding.
The service will be led by the Rector of Liverpool, the Rev Dr Crispin Pailing.
He said: "Neil's death has been a shock to everyone in the community, and our church family has felt his loss.
"Although many of the worshippers will be there to say goodbye to a colleague, a friend or someone they respected, we shall also be praying for our brother in Christ."
Rt Rev Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, added: "This terrible and heartbreaking tragedy is a very difficult time for Sarah and the family, and for all who knew PC Neil Doyle as a friend, neighbour, or police colleague.
"I hope that his funeral will bring them some comfort as they sense the love and support that surrounds them.
"There will be many challenging moments for them in the weeks and months ahead and my hope is that their privacy will now be respected and maintained. My thoughts and prayers are very much with them at this time."
On Wednesday Timmy Donovan, 30, from Huyton, Merseyside, who was wanted on a European Arrest Warrant for the murder, was held in Germany and is expected to be brought back to the UK shortly.
Donovan, also known as Timmy O'Sullivan, was arrested by German police at Dusseldorf Airport trying to a board a plane back to the UK.
Christopher Spendlove, 30, of Brandearth Hey, Stockbridge Village, and Andrew Taylor, 28, of Cherry Tree Road, Huyton have already appeared in court charged with murder and will go on trial later this year.