Police officer Fiona Bone was kind and gentle but also a "brave rock of a woman", mourners at her funeral heard today.

The 32 year old officer was planning her wedding and had become the adopted parent of her partner's five year old daughter, when her life was violently taken, the service heard.

Police and public turned out in force to pay their respects at Manchester Cathedral to the officer who died in a gun and grenade attack in Hattersley, Tameside on September 18, along with colleague Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, who was laid to rest yesterday.

Sergeant Stephen Miskell told mourners: "Fiona was wonderful. She was wonderful at keeping colleagues' spirits high with her bubbly nature. She was wonderful about caring for others.

"Fiona represented the best that humanity has to offer the world but that makes her loss even greater.

"Fiona was a woman of many contrasts. She was a calm and a gentle little bookworm, and yet a strong, brave rock of a woman.

"For me, Fiona represented the very best humanity has to offer the world which makes her loss all the greater but it gives me faith when I see how her death has touched communities everywhere."

Police officers march along Deansgate as they make their way to Manchester Cathedral Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Earlier Manchester city centre was lined with several thousand officers from across the UK and members of the public to see the passing cortege.