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Manchester Shooting: Funeral For PC Fiona Bone
A funeral service for PC Fiona Bone, one of two policewomen killed in a gun and grenade attack, has taken place at Manchester Cathedral.
The 32-year-old officer died alongside her colleague PC Nicola Hughes when they were called to investigate a burglary in Hattersley, Tameside, on September 18.
As the funeral cortege passed by, the usually-bustling Deansgate in central Manchester fell silent and thousands of uniformed police officers stood with their heads bowed.
They were joined by many members of the public who also paid their respects.
Spontaneous applause then rang out amid the sound of a lone Scottish bagpiper as the cortege arrived at the cathedral.
Entry was reserved for family, friends and colleagues of the policewoman, and the service was relayed on loudspeakers for hundreds of police and public gathered outside.
Inside the cathedral, Sergeant Stephen Miskell told the 1,000-strong congregation, including Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, that PC Bone was "a perfect police officer".
He said: "Fiona was wonderful. She was wonderful at keeping colleagues' spirits high with her bubbly nature. She was wonderful about caring for others.
"Fiona represented the best that humanity has to offer the world but that makes her loss even greater."
The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, said: "In the force she quickly gained recognition as an officer who set the highest standards for herself and others."
He said she had received a chief superintendent's commendation in 2009 for her outstanding contribution in an investigation into a series of burglaries and robberies which secured convictions.
Sir Peter also said she "undoubtedly had great promise for the future" and, like PC Hughes, her "great sacrifice" would not be forgotten.
PC Bone lived in Sale, Greater Manchester, with her partner Clare Curran, with whom she was planning a civil partnership, and Clare's daughter Jessie.
She was said to be "so happy" in life, planning their wedding and on the day she died had spoken to Miss Curran to discuss invitations to send to guests.
The officer's family, who live on the Isle of Man, paid tribute to "a wonderful daughter, sister, partner and parent".
The funeral came a day after thousands of officers lined the procession route in memory of PC Hughes.
The officers 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.
Dale Cregan, 29, is currently on remand accused of murdering both policewomen.
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I park near the cathedral and witnessed this sight this morning, well at least the many officers arriving for PC Bone's funeral and the many flanking both the cathedral grounds and Deansgate. It was a very sobering sight. Rest in peace ladies.
It is awful How the officers lost their livesZ