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Funeral For PC Shot Dead In Manchester
Thousands of officers have lined the procession route for the funeral of Nicola Hughes, one of two policewomen killed in a gun and grenade attack.
All bowed their heads when the cortege passed by as it made its way through the city centre to Manchester Cathedral for the service.
They were joined by hundreds of members of the public who heeded a call from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) for "decent people" to stand shoulder to shoulder with the force in tribute to PC Hughes, 23, and her colleague, PC Fiona Bone.
There was spontaneous applause from the crowd as the procession passed until chimes began to sound from the cathedral.
Six officers on horseback formed a guard of honour as the hearse arrived at the building.
Entry to the church was reserved for family, friends and colleagues of the victim, including her mother Susan, father Bryn, and younger brother Sam.
GMP officers acted as pallbearers with PC Hughes' police hat on top of the coffin and a full-size photograph of the officer mounted at the front of the cathedral.
A big screen relayed the funeral at the rear of the building for hundreds more people gathered outside.
GMP chief constable Sir Peter Fahy spoke of PC Hughes being "incredibly mature" despite her young years and said she died from "her own devotion to others".
He added: "Nicola, in her dedication and professionalism, in the way she carried out her duties, showed that policing is not about muscle but reason, restraint and intelligence."
He said: "She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. We will never forget her great sacrifice."
Police chaplain Keith Stewart asked mourners to "remember a vibrant young woman" who was a green belt in karate but also enjoyed looking after her nails and hair and who still had "something of the little girl about her".
Officers from forces across the country volunteered to cover the shifts of GMP colleagues so they could attend the funeral.
As the hour-long service ended, officers stood to attention, shoulder to shoulder, to line the route from the cathedral with police motorcycle outriders and the mounted police again forming a guard of honour.
PC Hughes died in the line of duty alongside PC Bone, 32, when they were called to investigate a burglary in Hattersley, Tameside, on September 18.
PC Hughes joined the police force in 2009. Her family said she wanted to make a difference and was doing a job she loved.
Fellow officers described their young colleague as a chatterbox, someone always smiling, with a bubbly, infectious personality.
In the wake of the deaths, police chiefs said they have been overwhelmed and heartened by the public support with more than 25,000 messages of condolence on its website, 19,000 via Facebook and another 1,000 on Twitter.
The funeral of PC Bone will take place at the cathedral at 10am on Thursday.
Dale Cregan, 29, has been charged with the murder of both policewomen.
what do you think?
i hope once this evil man has been covicted that hes locked up the key throw away so he never gets to see freedom again a life sentance should mean life behind bars not a poxy 15 to 20 years
Killed just doing their job. R.I.P.
Why didn't the police show the same respect for Mr Tomlinson after he was murdered,one rule for us and another for them.for him they ran a smear campaign and cover up,and got away with it
Byron. Cheap shot. They are burying a 23 year old girl for hells sake. If you care to think back after the Ian Tomlinson incident which I agree was totally unacceptable there were 2 of your despised coppers trying to revive him as he lay on the ground
How many crimes were carried out because the police were unavailable as they were attending this funeral?
I thought the same thing Rhys... 1000s of police at a funeral... who was left working then? Must be overstaffed?
Louise. I am disappointed, I thought you had more humanity in you than that
what a Tory come on Dave
Perhaps they are on leave or days off... a friend of mine who is a Special is going in the morning before work.
Stephen.What a sad individual you are. Someone who expresses support for a murdered copper is immediately labelled Tory.Remember though if you ever need the fuzz they will be there for you irrespective of the contempt you seem to have for them
Despite their faults and there are many ranging from Hillboro to Ian Tomlinson never forget that these people often put themselves in danger on our behalf. Sadly it is only when it costs one of them their lives do we appreciate the boys & girls in blue.
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THIS IS SO SAD.....99.9999% OF OUR POLICE ARE GOOD PEOPLE.......IVE MET A FEW NASTY ONES, BUT THEY ALL PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR OUR SAFETY.............LETS ALL THINK ABOUT THAT !!!!!!!!!!!!
Too right Stuart although I would put the nasty ones as higher than .0001%. They simply reflect the make up of society in general