Crowds for PC Hughes funeral

Crowds have gathered on the streets of Manchester city centre for the funeral today of PC Nicola Hughes. PC Hughes and colleague PC Fiona Bone were shot dead in Hattersley. Both services will be at Manchester Cathedral.

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David Cameron visits Manchester to pay 'personal respects'

Prime Minister David Cameron has visited Greater Manchester Police headquarters in the wake of the murders of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.

He said: "I wanted to come here to Manchester myself to pay my own personal respects to the two officers."

Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: PA

Mr Cameron also said it was "important that the government makes sure that it is doing everything it can to help the Greater Manchester Police Force tackle organised crime and gang-related violence".

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Comedian apologises for 'tasteless comment' about dead policewomen

An Australian comedian has apologised after he made a "tasteless comment" during a gig in Manchester the day after two local police officers were killed in a gun and grenade attack.

Steve Hughes has told the Manchester Evening News: "I'm sorry if somebody has become upset thinking I'm becoming derogatory. What happened was obviously a tragedy":

There was no joke about police officers.

I was simply saying that there were some statistics in the paper about how many police officers were killed and how many civilians were killed [in custody.]I would simply never tell a joke about two people who have been killed. These were simple statistics.

I would never say anything about the death of anyone. It would be insensitive.

– Steve Hughes, Comedian

The Greater Manchester Police Federation tweeted an inspector from Greater Manchester Police walked out in disgust.

The GMP Federation called the comment "abhorrent."

Manchester City footballers to wear black armbands in memory of two policewomen killed

Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Manchester City players will wear black armbands at Sunday's Premier League match against Arsenal in memory of police constables Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, who were killed in a gun and grenade attack on Tameside.

City of Manchester Stadium Credit: Press Association

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Greater Manchester Police Federation demands apology after 'tasteless' jokes

Greater Manchester Police Federation, which represents the two police officers killed on Tuesday, is demanding an apology from The Comedy Store in Manchester after a performer allegedly made "tasteless jokes" the night of their deaths.

The federation tweeted:

"A senior officer walked out from Manchester's Comedy Store on Tuesday night after tasteless jokes at the expense of our fallen colleagues."

"Chairman Ian Hanson said:'This is abhorrent. How could anyone think it was 'funny' to make jokes about the death of our two colleagues?"

"Hanson: 'Manchester's @TheComedyStore_ should make a full apology. Jokes at expense of brave police officers killed on duty are not funny.'"

Cregan arriving at court charged with four murders

29-year-old Dale Cregan is appearing before magistrates in Manchester this morning charged with four murders.

He is accused of murdering police constables Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone in a gun and grenade attack on Tameside.

He's also charged with the murders of father and son Mark and David Short earlier this year and three counts of attempted murder.

Police armed with submachine guns and tasers are inside, and surrounding, the courtroom.

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