A murder probe has been launched after a policeman was mowed down and killled in a hit-and-run in Wallasey.
Merseyside Police can confirm that it has launched a murder investigation following the death of the police officer in the early hours of this morning.
The neighbourhood patrol officer was struck by a stolen vehicle following a burglary at an estate agents premises on Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, just after 1am this morning.
During the burglary the burglars stole a red Mitsubishi pick-up vehicle, which was spotted by a police patrol at 1.28am
The stolen vehicle was being driven at speed and when it was spotted by a police patrol car – police gave chase.
The vehicle was driving along Wallasey Dock North Road, Wallasey, at about 2.08am when police say the Mitsubishi appeared to deliberately mount the central reservation where two neighbourhood officers were standing after throwing down a stop stick in a bid to stop the car.
The Mitsubishi struck one of the officers and was then driven off at speed.
Colleagues carried out CPR on the injured officer at the scene of the incident and he was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short while later.
The officer’s family has been informed and a Family Liaison Officer is providing support.
The stolen Mitsubishi was found abandoned a short while later in Corbyn Street, Wallasey.
An investigation in to the murder of the officer has been launched and detectives are examining CCTV footage in a bid to identify the offenders.
Wallasey Road North, Corbyn Street and the premises on Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, have been cordoned off whilst forensic examinations are carried out by Crime Scene Investigators.
Diversions have been put in place at Wallasey Road North and Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, and if possible motorists are asked to avoid the area and find alternative routes. Traffic was already backing up on the Bidston Link Road/ Junction 1 of the M53 heading towards Liverpool.
Officers are urging anyone who has any information which could help them find those responsible and bring them to justice to come forward.
Anyone who has any information which could help the police with their inquiries is asked to contact 0151 777 2263, or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.