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Tributes to PC Nicola Hughes at Manchester Cathedral

Mourners have attended the funeral mass of PC Nicola Hughes in Manchester Cathedral.

She was killed on a routine call with her colleague PC Fiona Bone, whose funeral is tomorrow.

Thousands of members of the public also paid their respects, answering an appeal for people to stand shoulder to shoulder with officers as the funeral cortege passed by on its way to Manchester Cathedral.

Funeral service for PC Nicola Hughes

Police chaplain Keith Stewart said PC Hughes was born at the Royal Oldham Hospital in 1988, attended Saddleworth High School and went on to study at Huddersfield University before joining the police.

He asked mourners to "remember a vibrant young woman" who was a green belt in karate but also enjoyed looking after her nails and hair and who still had "something of the little girl about her".

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Crowds gather in Manchester city centre for the funeral of PC Nicola Hughes

People standing shoulder to shoulder with police for the funeral of PC Nicola Hughes Credit: ITV Granada

Deansgate in Manchester city centre is now closed as members of the public join police on the route of the funeral procession of PC Nicola Hughes.

A police officer from Wales on Deansgate Credit: ITV Granada
GMP flag at half mast at Manchester Cathedral Credit: ITV Granada

The ensign of Greater Manchester Police flies at half mast above Manchester Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Nicola Hughes.

Police officers from other regions of the UK arrive in Manchester for the funeral of PC Nicola Hughes

Sussex Police in Manchester for funeral of PC Nicola Hughes Credit: ITV Granada

Police officers from across the country have been deployed on Deansgate. These two officers are from Sussex Police.

Greater Manchester police officers closing Deansgate in Manchester city centre ahead of the funeral of PC Nicola Hughes Credit: ITV Granada

Deansgate has been closed between Quay Street and Manchester Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Nicola Hughes. It will reopen at 15:00.

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