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Merseyside honours cop victim of teen killer driver

By Kim Pilling

A police officer run down by a teenage car thief has been posthumously honoured with a Freedom of the Borough award.

Hundreds of people flocked to town halls across Wirral, Merseyside, to pay their respects to PC Dave Phillips last October and sign books of condolence.

The 34-year-old married father-of-two was killed as he set down a tyre-puncturing stinger device in a bid to stop a stolen Mitsubishi truck during a police pursuit in Wallasey.

His widow Jen (29), the couple's two daughters Abigail (7) and Sophie (3) and his father Robin and mother Carol were among those in attendance as PC Phillips was honoured with the council's highest award as a tribute to his "professionalism and kindness" at a ceremony at Wallasey Town Hall.

Mayor of Wirral Pat Hackett said PC Phillips was one of just 13 people to receive the honour in 42 years, adding: "The sad events of last year touched everyone in Wirral and countless others far beyond."

In March Clayton Williams (19) was locked up for 20 years for the officer's manslaughter.

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