PC killings suspect in court

A man accused of the murders of two female police officers killed in a gun and grenade attack has appeared at Manchester Crown Court via video-link. Dale Cregan has been remanded in custody until November 5.

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Man in court over policewomen deaths

A man accused of the murders of two policewomen killed in a gun and grenade attack will appear in court via videolink today.

Dale Cregan, 29, of no fixed address, is accused of the murders of Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, and Pc Fiona Bone, 32, who died last Tuesday after they responded to a report of a burglary in Hattersley, Greater Manchester.

A heavy security presence surrounded his first court appearance before a district judge at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Friday when he was remanded in custody.

Church service to remember fallen policewomen

Service for dead policewomen in Hattersley. Credit: ITV News

A church service has been held in Hattersley in Greater Manchester for the two officers killed there on Tuesday. The congregation observed a two-minute silence to remember the two policewomen.

The Bishop of Shrewsbury conducted the service. He said the community stands with the police and the work they do.

Prayers for officers 'cut down with merciless violence'

The Rt Rev Mark Davies, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewbury, lead a remembrance celebration of mass for PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone, as well as their families, friends and collegues. Rt Mark Davies said:

"We have come to remember in prayer, those two young police officers, who set out on Tuesday to respond to an emergency call for the safety and protection of this community. In the very moments they came to our help, they were met with merciless violence, which cut down their young lives"

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Service to remember fallen police officers

A book of condolence will open today to remember Manchester police officers PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes, who were shot dead last week.

The Rt Rev Mark Davies, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, will then lead prayers for the officers, their families, friends and colleagues during morning Mass at St James the Great RC Church in Hattersley.

A police officer looks at flowers left at the scene of the shooting of PCs Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, in Greater Manchester. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A service of reflection will be held at St Michael & All Angels CE Church in Mottram to offer members of the community the opportunity to come together to remember all those who have been affected by the tragic events.

A remembrance service will also be held in PC Hughes's home village of Diggle, Oldham,

Greater Manchester Police Chief: police work a 'vocation'

Being a police officer is a "vocation" and "not just a job", according to the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police days after two of his officers were murdered.

Sir Peter Fahy referred to the force as a "family" and expressed the importance of prayer after the "very, very dark day" on which Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, and Pc Fiona Bone, 32, were killed.

The Chief Constable says a prayer vigil will take place for both his staff and the public one week on from the killings.

In an interview with BBC One's Songs of Praise, he said: "Greater Manchester police is a family and to have lost two colleagues this week in awful violent circumstances has just been devastating for the whole force and a very, very dark day.

"I think a lot of us feel passionately that policing is a vocation."

Police murders in Manchester prompt tasers call

A police chief constable says more officers should be given Tasers in the wake of the murders of two policewomen, killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester this week.

Wiltshire Chief Constable Patrick Geenty said he was looking into the possibility of increasing the number of stun guns available to officers in his force, despite many nationwide saying they opposed the idea.

Earlier this week Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, ruled out arming officers after the killing of Pcs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone.

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