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Officers nationwide offer Greater Manchester Police cover so they can attend PCs funerals

Floral tributes near to the scene where PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes who were killed. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Police officers from around the UK have offered to cover their colleagues in Greater Manchester Police (GMP) so they can attend the funerals of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.

Serving officers have offered help on Twitter under the hashtag #coverforgmp and are being considered by the force.

GMP's Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan tweeted he was considering "the option" of cover.

Speaking as he went to lay flowers at the scene of the Miss Bone's and Miss Hughes's death, GMP 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 added that the officers' families had been "overwhelmed" by the "massive show of public support" in the wake of their deaths.

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.