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PSNI pipes lead parade at funeral of officer Dave Phillip

By Lauren Brown

The PSNI pipe band led a parade of hundreds of officers from across the UK at the funeral of a Merseyside policeman killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Pc Dave Phillips (34) was knocked down by a stolen pick-up truck while trying to stop the vehicle with a stinger device in Merseyside on October 5. He died in hospital shortly afterwards.

Tears poured down the face of his widow Jen as she and her two young daughters followed her husband's coffin from Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

The 28-year-old was courageous and dignified as she walked behind the six uniformed pallbearers.

The congregation erupted in spontaneous applause for the fallen officer as his coffin - draped in a silk cloth with the force's emblem - was carried from the city's cathedral following the hour-long service.

During the poignant ceremony, Pc Phillips was described as one of the "finest" officers by the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Sir Jon Murphy.

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