latest music news
Tributes paid to 'kind, gentle' Pc
Pc Fiona Bone has been described as a "kind, loving, gentle, funny, caring" woman who was in the middle of planning a civil ceremony for her same-sex partnership when she was killed.
The 32-year-old lived in a quiet cul-de-sac in Sale, Cheshire, with her partner and her partner's five-year-old girl.
Neighbours told how the couple would share childcare duties around their work shifts along with the help of grandparents.
Tearful neighbour Angela McGranaghen, 66, said: "They are a lovely couple. The officer is a lovely person, she taught her partner's little girl how to ride her bike. They used to go out on pedal bikes."
Condolences for Pc Bone appeared today in messages on the Facebook page of Clare Curran, who is believed to be her partner.
One message from Louise Curran, a TV producer, read: "a beautiful, kind, loving, gentle, funny, caring, sister-to-be, Jessie's best friend, Clare's rock. Words can't describe how much we love you and miss you x"
Paul Bruce wrote: "Thinking of you Clare, Jessie and your family. x" and Rose Wellings added: "All my love to you Clare, Jessie & family.
"Fiona & you seemed so good together. It is tragedy beyond words what had happened. X"
Pc Bone's former school on the Isle of Man said her death had caused deep shock and sadness.
The officer studied at Castle Rushen High School in September 1997, when her family moved to the island from Derby, until July 1999.
In a statement, the school said: "Fiona was pleasant and courteous and enjoyed good relationships with everyone she came into contact with.
"Her form tutor at the time noted that she had a great sense of responsibility and was totally reliable.
"These are no doubt qualities that supported her in being such a good police officer."
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy yesterday described Pc Bone as a "calm, gentle woman" and an "excellent bobby".