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UK teen goes on trial for murder of cop hit by stolen car

Clayton Williams
Clayton Williams

A teenager will go on trial today accused of murdering a police officer by running him over in a stolen car.

Clayton Williams, 18, denies he intended to injure or kill father-of-two Pc Dave Phillips, 34, in Wallasey, Merseyside, last October 5.

The officer was hit by a Mitsubishi pick-up truck driven by Williams while trying to use a stinger device to stop the vehicle which had been stolen in a burglary in Birkenhead, Merseyside.

Pc Phillips died in hospital shortly afterwards.

Williams, of Wheatland Lane, Wallasey, has pleaded guilty to the burglary of an estate agents where the car was taken, and to aggravated vehicle taking.

He denies a charge of murder and of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent to Pc Thomas Birkett, who jumped out of the way as the Mitsubishi ploughed into Pc Phillips.

At an earlier hearing, Philip Mark Stuart, 30, of Prenton, Wirral, pleaded guilty to the same burglary and aggravated vehicle taking, by being allowed to be carried in the Mitsubishi.

Three other defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to assist an offender by helping Williams dispose of clothing.

They will be sentenced after Williams's trial before Mr Justice William Davis at Manchester Crown Court.