Memorial garden for dead PCs

PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were killed while on patrol in Hattersley Photo: GMP

A garden in memory of two police officers who were killed while on duty will be opened today.

PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone died after a gun and grenade attack in Hattersley, Greater Manchester.

The garden, at Hyde Police Station, was created using donations from the community, businesses and police partners.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy, said: "Nothing can replace the two lives that have been lost. But having this peaceful garden area means that we now have a special place for family, friends, colleagues and members of the public, to reflect and remember Nicola and Fiona."

Since the deaths of Fiona and Nicola in September a number of events have been held in their memory.

They include a recent charity football match between officers from the Division and ex-Manchester City FC players. It was attended by more than 3,000 people raised £3,420.

Tameside Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Nick Adderley, said: "As a Division and Police Force we have been overwhelmed by the support and compassion shown by not only our community but also from those further afield.

"It is through their generosity and good will that we have been able to make this memorial garden a reality.

"On behalf of my officers here in Tameside I want to say thank you."

The garden will be opened at 11am.