Philippa Reynolds' death marked in NI Assembly

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Assembly members paid tributes to a policewoman who died in a crash involving a stolen car in Londonderry, on 11 February 2013.

Constable Philippa Reynolds, 27, died in a crash involving a stolen car on the Limavady Road at 03:40 GMT on 9 February.

Constable Reynolds, from the greater Belfast area, was a back seat passenger in an unmarked police car on a routine patrol at the time of the crash.

Two officers who were also in the police vehicle were hurt but not seriously injured.

The DUP's Gregory Campbell, who tabled the matter of the day, said his prayers were with PSNI colleagues and the police officer's family.

Justice Minister David Ford said Constable Reynolds died doing the job "she was so enthusiastic about".

He said her death had deeply affected the PSNI and many throughout the community.

Sinn Fein's Mitchel McLaughlin said the death highlighted the danger police officers faced on a daily basis when carrying out their job.

He said it was clear Constable Reynolds was a "remarkable young woman" and a "bright young talent".

Constable Reynolds was a teacher before she joined the PSNI two years ago.

Two men, aged 25 and 23, were due to appear at Londonderry Magistrates' Court on 11 February charged over the death.

They faced a series of charges including aggravated vehicle taking causing death or grievous bodily injury.

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