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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.

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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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Police and public urged to stand 'shoulder-to-shoulder' for PCs' funerals

Greater Manchester Police Federation is calling for police officers and the public to stand 'shoulder-to-shoulder' when PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes are laid to rest.

The Federation wants officers from across the country and people from Greater Manchester to line Deansgate in the city as their cortèges are taken to Manchester Cathedral.

"We want to make these two funerals events that will show the families that every police officer in the country is there with them."To do that we would encourage any colleague who is available to come to Manchester and line the route of each funeral procession next Wednesday and Thursday. The funeral cortège will pass along Deansgate in the city centre on the final part of the journey.

"This show of support is by no means limited to the police family.

"We would ask the people of Greater Manchester to come into their city next week to stand shoulder to shoulder with their police officers to pay their respects to two brave officers who made the ultimate sacrifice whilst policing our communities."

– Ian Hanson, chairman Greater Manchester Police Federation

The funeral of PC Nicola Hughes will take place on Wednesday October 3 at 1pm. The funeral of PC Fiona Bone will take place the following day Thursday October 4 at 10am.

Police 'remain committed to investigating circumstances'

We remain committed to fully investigating the circumstances surrounding the murders of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes.

As we have said previously, this remains a complex and sensitive investigation and we continue to ask the public to search their conscience and urge anyone who has any information to contact us.

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood
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