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Family tribute to fallen PC

September 19, 2012, 8:53 pm

The family of a police officer killed in the line of duty has paid tribute to her.

PC Nicola Hughes, aged 23 and PC Fiona Bone, aged 32 were killed as they responded to a routine incident at Abbey Gardens in Hattersley shortly before 11am on Tuesday 18 September 2012.

Fiona lived in Sale with her partner Clare and daughter Jessie.

She leaves behind her Mum, June, Dad, Paul and her sister Vicky and Vickys Fiancée Mark.  Her partner Clare and daughter Jessie.

Fiona joined GMP in 2007 and had over five years service.

Fiona’s family has issued the following statement: “In addition to the kind tribute from the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, may I add that our family have lost a wonderful daughter, sister, partner and parent to Jessie.

“Fiona enjoyed life to the full from her days with the Air training corps, Rugby at University, to her service with the Police.

“She was planning her marriage to Clare and this joy has been taken from us.

“May I take this opportunity to thank officers from both Greater Manchester Police and the Isle of Man Police for their help and assistance at this time.

“Our thoughts are with Nicola’s family along with Fiona and Nicola’s fellow officers at Tameside police station.”

An online book of condolence has been opened and has attracted over twenty five thousand messages from well-wishers.

Anyone wishing to rest flowers is asked to leave them at Mottram Court House, Jackson Street, Mottram.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, said: “We have been touched by the many thousands of messages of support that we have received from the public who are as shocked as we are following the tragic deaths of our two officers yesterday.

“Greater Manchester Police along with police forces across the UK are still very much in mourning today and our specially trained staff are doing everything they can to support the families of Fiona and Nicola.

“Two hard working and brave young women did not go home to their loved ones last night.  We are determined to bring each and every person involved in this incident to justice.

“If anyone has any information about what happened yesterday morning or in the lead up to it they must do the right and just thing and contact us in absolute confidence.”

The post mortem examination for both officers has concluded that PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone died as a result of gunshot wounds.

Following the incident, 29-year-old Dale Cregan was arrested after he walked into a police station in Tameside.

He has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of two police officers. He has also been arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder in relation to the investigations into the murders of David Short and Mark Short.

Earlier today, a 28-year-old man was arrested in the Hattersley area on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. He has been taken into police custody for questioning.

A book of condolence is available online at for anyone who wishes to leave messages for the two officers.

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