PC Neil Doyle murder case arrest warrant issued

Timmy Donovan, who is also known as Timmy O'Sullivan Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Timmy Donovan, also known as Timmy O'Sullivan, was arrested at Dusseldorf Airport

A European arrest warrant has been issued for a man wanted as part of the PC Neil Doyle murder inquiry.

Timmy Donovan, also known as Timmy O'Sullivan, is understood to have left the country on the day the officer was fatally injured in Liverpool.

PC Doyle, 36, was attacked along with two of his colleagues near the Aloha Club, Colquitt Street on 19 December.

Mr Donovan, 30 and originally from the Huyton area, could be in Spain after travelling through the Eurotunnel.

Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption PC Neil Doyle was an officer for 10 years

Police believe he was was driving a five-door grey Mercedes A180 when he left the county at about 20:30 GMT.

Mr Donovan, who has connections with Childwall in Liverpool, is thought to be in Europe and officers are working with the National Crime Agency, Europol and European police forces to find him.

PC Doyle had been on a Christmas night out when he was assaulted at about 03:15 GMT. He died shortly after.

His two colleagues, Michael Steventon and Robert Marshall, were treated in hospital for facial injuries.

A post-mortem examination revealed PC Doyle died from bleeding around the brain.

The officer had been due to go on honeymoon with his wife, Sarah, this month.

Two people have appeared in court charged with his murder.

Andrew Taylor, 28, of Cherry Tree Road, Huyton and Christopher Spendlove, 30, of Brandearth Hey, Huyton are accused of murder and two counts of grievous bodily harm.

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