Teenager to stand trial for the murder of a police officer


A 19 year old man is to stand trial after pleading Not Guilty to the charge of murdering a Merseyside Police officer.

Clayton Ronald Williams, 19 years, of Wheatland Lane, Wallasey, told Liverpool Crown Court that he denied murdering PC Dave Phillips in the early hours of Monday, 5 October 2015.

PC Phillips was on duty when he was knocked down and killed as he tried to stop a stolen truck being driven by Williams. Its thought the van was taken in a burglary at an estate agents in Birkenhead.

Clayton Williams also denies attempted grievous bodily harm of PC Tom Birkett who was also at the scene at the time.

Mr Williams has pleaded guilty to burglary and aggravated unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.

Phillip Stuart, 30 years, of Mayfair Court, Oxton, who was a passenger in the stolen car at the time, also pleaded guilty to aggravated unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle and burglary.

Georgia Clarke, 19, of Knowsley Road, Wallasey, Dawn Cooper, 34, of Wheatland Lane, Wallasey and Michael Smith, 19, of Widmore Road, Gateacre, have all pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to assist an offender.

They admitted trying to dispose of clothing following the incident.

Charges of assisting an offender were dropped against Glen Campbell Jones, 40, of Wheatland Lane, Wallasey.

Clayton Williams will be tried at Manchester Crown Court on March 7 2016.