Family of PC Nicola Hughes pay tribute to their 'beautiful' daughter

PC Nicola Hughes Photo: Greater Manchester Police

The family of Nicola Hughes have expressed their thanks to Greater Manchester Police and the public for the support they have shown since her death in a gun and grenade attack last month.

Nicola and colleague PC Fiona Bone were killed answering a call to an apparent burglary at a house in Hattersley.

In a statement, Nicola’s mother Susan, father Bryndon, their partners Michael and Natalie, brother Samuel and partner Natalie, and Nicola’s boyfriend Gareth, said: “We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who has supported our family following the death of our beloved Nicola.

“The level of support shown to us as a family from both the people of Manchester and the public in general has been overwhelming and heart warming.

PC Hughes's funeral at Manchester Cathedral Credit: PA Pictures

“Greater Manchester Police have been extremely supportive in a sensitive and professional manner during the past four weeks and continue to be.

“The amount of support shown in public and towards us in private by other police forces from around the country would have made Nicola immensely proud to have been part of this extended family.

“Whilst we continue to grieve for our beautiful daughter and come to terms with our tragic loss, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has paid tributes, sent cards and flowers and messages of support or merely stood at the roadside and demonstrated dignity and respect towards Nicola.

“We continue to draw strength from the immense support demonstrated by you all.”

A 29-year-old man has been charged with the murder of both officers.