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.
The ensign of Greater Manchester Police flies at half mast above Manchester Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Nicola Hughes.
Police officers from across the country have been deployed on Deansgate. These two officers are from Sussex Police.
Deansgate has been closed between Quay Street and Manchester Cathedral ahead of the funeral of PC Nicola Hughes. It will reopen at 15:00.
PC Nicola Hughes who was shot dead with her colleague Fiona Bone in Hattersley will be laid to rest today.Read the full story ›
Police have released details of the funeral processions for PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone for those wishing to attend.Read the full story ›
Plans are being made for the funerals of two police officers killed in Tameside a fortnight ago.
Services for PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, will take place at Manchester Cathedral this week.
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."
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.
A Book of Condolence is being opened for two police officers who were shot in Hattersley. Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone died earlier this month. The book will be opened at Kiln Green Church in Diggle near Saddleworth this afternoon.
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.