A memorial garden opened today to permanently remember the lives of fallen officers, PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.

The garden which will be based at Hyde Police Station has been created following generous donations from members of the community, local businesses and police partners.

PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were tragically killed whilst on duty in Hattersley, Tameside on Tuesday September 18.

Fiona's father Paul spoke for the first time following the tragedy at the ceremony. He said he hoped the garden would provide a permanent reminder of their sacrifice.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy, said: “Nothing can replace the two lives that have been lost. But having this peaceful garden area means that we now have a special place for family, friends, colleagues and members of the public, to reflect and remember Nicola and Fiona.”

Since the deaths of Fiona and Nicola a number of events have been held in their memory. It includes the recent charity football match on 25 November 2012 between officers from the Division and ex-Manchester City FC players. The event attended by more than 3,000 people raised £3,420 for charity.

Doves released at memorial garden opening

On Saturday 10 November 2012, the National Police Guild of Ringers rang a half-muffled peal of Grandsire Triples in memory of PCs Bone and Hughes. The peal consisted of 5040 ‘changes’ of ringing and took three hours to complete at St Michael’s Church at Mottram.

Sir Peter Fahy

Officers from the Metropolitan Police of London organised a 200-mile bike ride between 6 and 9 November 2012 from Westminster Cathedral, London to GMP Headquarters at Newton Heath. The journey saw the officers joined by GMP officers and staff both old and new at the half way mark in Buxton for the remaining route. The event raised £6,000 for the North West Police Benevolent Fund.