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Officers in nationwide offer cover

Police officers across the country have offered to cover for their colleagues in Greater Manchester so that they can go to the funerals of murdered Pcs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone.

Offers of help are being made on Twitter using the hashtag #coverforgmp and are being considered by the force.

Speaking as he went to lay flowers at the scene of the women's deaths, GMP's Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: "You may have heard that there's a Twitter account set up by police officers around the country offering to come here to Greater Manchester to be on duty so that our officers can attend the funerals of our two deceased colleagues."

He said the officers' families had been "overwhelmed" by the outpouring of support in the wake of their deaths in a grenade and gun attack.

Chief Superintendent Nick Adderley, local commander of Tameside where the officers were fatally attacked, said: "The response from police officers and the police family from around the country has been absolutely humbling and overwhelming.

"We have had a number of emails, letters and text messages from officers across the country offering to come here for free to allow our officers to take some well-earned rest.

"It's been an absolute team effort in terms of the policing effort and it's wonderful to see that in such tragic circumstances we've been able to pull together."

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