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Policewoman Killed In Londonderry Crash Named

A 27-year-old policewoman killed in a road crash involving a suspected stolen car has been named as Constable Philippa Reynolds.

The officer - who had only been in the PSNI force for two years - was travelling in a police car on routine patrol at the time of the smash in Londonderry.

Constable Reynolds - one of three sisters - worked as a teacher before joining the PSNI in February 2011.

Two other officers in the patrol car were hurt in the crash, which happened at around 3.40am on Saturday morning, but their injuries are not life-threatening.

Police have arrested two men in connection with the crash on the Limavady Road in the Ebrington area of the city.

The Limavady Road has remained closed at its junction with Glendermott Road and Clooney Terrace while investigations were carried out.

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott said: "It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of our colleague. This is a personal tragedy for her family and also for the whole Police Service.

"She was out on duty, working to keep people safe, when she died. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

"I and my colleagues will ensure that no stone remains unturned as we work to bring to justice those who perpetrated this crime."

Ulster Unionist member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board Ross Hussey said he was "shocked and saddened" by the officer's death.

"I would like to pass on my heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of this officer," he said.

"We can only imagine the pain that they must be feeling. I hope that her injured colleagues make a speedy recovery.

"This young woman's death in the line of duty serves to re-emphasise the dangers faced by the officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on a daily basis, as they put themselves in harm's way to protect the whole community. They deserve our full support."

The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman's office has been informed.

Police are appealing for witnesses.