Armed Police Debate

Following the deaths of two policewomen in Manchester yesterday there are renewed calls to re-open the debate on if police should be armed.

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Police deny officer murder weapon was smuggled by Shrewsbury man

Greater Manchester Police have said they do not believe the weapon used in the murder of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes was smuggled into the UK by Steven Greenoe.

"There is no evidence to suggest the guns came from him. It is not a line of inquiry." - Greater Manchester Police."

Greenoe a former US Marine who lived in Shrewsbury was jailed in January for a major gun-smuggling operation from America into the UK on commercial transatlantic flights.

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Calls for police to be armed come after WPC shot in Manchester

It's emerged that one of the two female police officers shot dead in Manchester yesterday, grew up in the East Midlands. Fiona Bone was killed as she attended a suspected burglary.

Her death has renewed calls for all officers to be routinely armed, something backed by the twin brother of PC David Rathband.

But a retired Chief Constable living in Shropshire, whose police officer son was also killed while on duty, insists the force shouldn't carry arms.

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