More than 25,000 messages of support join the devastated family of PC Fiona Bone, gunned down in Hyde on Tuesday, in paying tribute to their a ‘brave hero, fallen angel and wonderful daughter’.
Miss Bone was 32 years old and had been in the police service for five years when she and partner PC Nicola Hughes were dispatched to a routine burglary call.
However, they were lured to the hideout where Greater Manchester Police’s most-wanted man Dale Cregan, 29, was hiding.
Both officers were shot dead and later a grenade was launched – Cregan then handed himself into police and he was arrested on suspicion of murdering two police officers, and David and Mark Short.
Miss Bone – who was planning a civil service ceremony with partner Clare – was hailed a ‘brave hero’ and ‘good bobby’ by Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy and her family have expressed their emotional loss.
Her family said: “In addition to the kind tribute from the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, may I add that our family have lost a wonderful daughter, sister, partner and parent to Jessie.
“Fiona enjoyed life to the full from her days with the Air training corps, Rugby at University, to her service with the Police.
“She was planning her marriage to Clare and this joy has been taken from us.
“May I take this opportunity to thank officers from both Greater Manchester Police and the Isle of Man Police for their help and assistance at this time.
“Our thoughts are with Nicola’s family along with Fiona and Nicola’s fellow officers at Tameside police station.”
TRAGIC DEATH: Manchester officer PC Fiona Bone gunned down in fatal ambush
GMP are in mourning for two colleagues, friends and professionals who lost their lives – the first time in British police force history that two female officers have been killed on duty.
And Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan spoke of how ‘touched’ the force are after receving more than 25,000 messages of support from members of the public.
“We have been touched by the many thousands of messages of support that we have received from the public who are as shocked as we are following the tragic deaths of our two officers yesterday,” he said.
“GMP along with police forces across the UK are still very much in mourning today and our specially trained staff are doing everything they can to support the families of Fiona and Nicola.
“Two hard working and brave young women did not go home to their loved ones last night. We are determined to bring each and every person involved in this incident to justice.
“If anyone has any information about what happened yesterday morning or in the lead up to it they must do the right and just thing and contact us in absolute confidence.”
The post mortem examination for both officers has concluded that PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone died as a result of gunshot wounds.
A 28-year-old man has also been arrested in Hattersley on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and has been taken into police custody for questioning.
A book of condolence is available online at www.gmp.police.uk for anyone who wishes to leave messages for the two officers.
Anyone wishing to rest flowers is asked to leave them at Mottram Court House, Jackson Street, Mottram.