Members of the police and the public again took to Manchester’s streets for the funeral of murdered PC Fiona Bone this morning – the second officer’s funeral in as many days.
Thousands lined Deansgate to pay their respects as the coffin arrived at Manchester Cathedral, for a service led by the Bishop of Manchester.
Constable Bone, 32, was shot on September 18 with PC Nicola Hughes, whose funeral was held yesterday, after the pair responded to what they thought was a routine burglary callout in Tameside.
Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, praised her ‘warmth, maturity and humanity.’
“It is clear that helping people and building community spirit was at the heart of everything she did” he said.
“Like most police officers Fiona absolutely loved her job and felt privileged to serve the public in this way.”
He concluded his tribute: “We will never forget her great sacrifice.”
Thousands of sympathy messages were received by members of the force and her family in memory of the police officer, who joined in 2005 as a volunteer special constable.
A full-time officer from 2007, her ability and dedication were recognised in 2009, when she received the Chief Superintendent’s Commendation for outstanding contribution to an investigation into a series of burglaries and robberies.
Sergeant Stephen Miskell, who worked directly with PC Bone, called her ‘the perfect police officer’ who was ‘tragically and unnecessarily taken.’
WELLWISHERS: Police officers across British force attend funeral to pay respects
“Fiona was a woman of many contrasts. She was both a calm, gentle, little bookworm but yet a strong, brave, rock of a woman,” he said.
“For me, Fiona represented the best humanity has to offer this world, which makes her loss all the greater.”
The service was relayed via speakers in Cathedral Gardens, allowing those outside to participate in the funeral, reducing many to tears.
Trafford-based Bone considered herself Scottish and fittingly a piper played both before and after the service.
DARK DAY: Officers hang heads in respect as many are seen crying in an emotional ceremony for PC Fiona Bone
A lover of the outdoors, PC Bone enjoyed activities such as camping, walking and five-a-side football.
She leaves behind her parents June and Paul, sister Vicki and her partner Clare, who she was due to marry next May.
COFFIN BEARERS: Six carry PC Bone’s body into Manchester Cathedral
BRAVE OFFICER: Sir Peter Fahy paid tribute to a courageous hero of the force