PC David Phillips
PC David Phillips was killed after been struck down by a stolen vehicleMerseyside Police

Merseyside Police have charged three people in connection with the murder of Merseyside Police PC Dave Phillips whose death sent shock waves through the community. The officer was struck down by a stolen pick-up truck in Wallasey on 5 October while attempting to stop the stolen car using a 'stinger' device, assisted by another officer.

Detectives charged Georgia Clarke, 19, of Knowsley Road, Wallasey; Dawn Cooper, 34, of Wheatland Lane, Wallasey; and Michael Smith, 19, of Widmore Road with assisting an offender. They are due to appear at Wirral Magistrates Court this morning (16 October).

Their appearances come after Clayton Williams, 18, of Wallasey, was charged with murder and Phillip Stuart, 30, of Oxton, was charged with stealing the vehicle as well as burglary.

A brief police statement said: "Merseyside Police can confirm that three people have been charged with assisting an offender following the murder of PC Dave Phillips in the early hours of Monday, 5 October 2015."

On Wednesday (14 October) Liverpool Coroner's Court heard that PC Phillips, 34, suffered fatal chest injuries when the stolen truck mounted the the central reservation in Wallasey, a town in Wirral. Almost £200,000 has been pledged to the Constable Dave Phillips Memorial Fund, which was set up by the Merseyside Police Federation Charitable Trust in the wake of his death.