Murdered PC's family pay tributes to "a wonderful daughter"

PC Fiona Bone's family paid tribute to "a wonderful daughter, sister, partner and parent." Photo: Greater Manchester Police

The families of two police officers killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester have paid tribute to them.

The policewomen PC Nicola Hughes, aged 23 and PC Fiona Bone, aged 32 were killed as they responded to a routine burglary call on Tuesday morning (18 September).

The parents of PC Fiona Bone who spent her early life in Castle Donington in Leicestershire, say they have "lost a wonderful daughter, sister, partner and parent."

The family of PC Nicola Hughes say "she was always happy with life and lived for her family."

Meanwhile, people living in Castle Donington have spoken of their shock over the news.

People living in Castle Donington have spoken of their shock over the news Credit: ITV Central

"Just finding out that she's a local girl, you know, just hits it home even more. I mean the police, they should be untouchable."

– Castle Donington resident
Residents of Castle Donington are getting to grips with the tragedy Credit: ITV Central

"It's hitting home now isn't it? I don't really know what to say.What can you say about something like that? It's devastating."

– Castle Donington resident

PC Fiona Bone leaves behind her Mum, June, Dad, Paul and her sister Vicky and Vicky’s Fiancée Mark, her partner Clare and daughter Jessie.

Her family went on to thank the police for their support:

“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.”

– Family of PC Fiona Bone

More than 50,000 tributes have been posted to Greater Manchester Police's online book of condolence for PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes and the force's Facebook page.

On Wednesday, Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy, said the force had been "overwhelmed" by the huge degree of public support" following the officers' deaths.

Speaking at a press conference, he said he would like to "thank the public for this tremendous show of support".

Dale Cregan Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detectives have been given more time to question 29-year-old Dale Cregan on suspicion of murder.

A warrant of further detention was obtained on Wednesday night and is due to expire at 9.00am on Friday morning.

A 28-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder yesterday also remains in police custody.