Thousands of mourners lined the streets of Manchester as the public paid their respects to PC Nicola Hughes who was shot while on duty in the city two weeks ago.

Silence greeted the funeral cortège as it passed along Deansgate, broken only by spontaneous applause as the coffin passed.

PC Nicola Hughes Credit: Greater Manchester Police

ITV News North of England Correspondent Martin Geissler reports:

Presaged by six mounted officers and followed by many of her fellow officers Nicola's coffin was carried to the Cathedral.

Members of the public and police officers stand together outside Manchester Cathedral Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Family and friends and representatives from every police force in the country were part of the 1,000 people inside the Cathedral.

Tributes were made to a bright and bubbly woman who was always quick to smile.

She had a promising career ahead of her, but was not driven by personal ambition but by service to the public in need. It is abhorrent that she met her death through an evil, dark act. But the best tribute we can make to her memory is that we continue to uphold the standards and style of policing she demonstrated so well, and ensure that might does not conquer over justice. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her. We will never forget her great sacrifice.

The Greater Manchester Police flag at half mast above Manchester Cathedral Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A mixture of poems, Bible readings and personal reflections were read aloud at the service reflecting Nicola's reputation as a "chatterbox":

  • Death is nothing at all will be read by Sergeant Stephen Lovatt

  • Do not let your hearts be troubled will be read by Inspector Jane Brown

  • Feel No Guilt in Laughter will be read by Sergeant Gordon Swan

On Twitter Manchester celebrities also sent their respects: