Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'We Share Your Pain' Top Cop Tells Colleague; Northumbria's Chief Constable in Letter to Manchester Peer

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'We Share Your Pain' Top Cop Tells Colleague; Northumbria's Chief Constable in Letter to Manchester Peer

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TYNESIDE'S top cop today told of her sadness over the death of the two policewomen murdered in Manchester. Northumbria Police's Chief Constable Sue Sim has written to her contemporary at Greater Manchester Police to express sympathies on behalf of the force, following the cold-blooded killing of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone.

She said: "Our thoughts go to the family, friends and colleagues of Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone who died serving their community. "I have personally written to the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police to share the condolences of myself and the rest of the force at this most difficult of times. As members of the policing family we all share in their loss."

PC Hughes, 23, and PC Bone, 32, died in a gun and grenade attack after they were called to investigate what appeared to be a routine burglary report in Mottram on Tuesday morning.

It turned out the report was a hoax, and it is believed the officers could have been lured to their deaths.

Dale Cregan is currently being held on suspicion of their murders.

He walked into a police station in Hyde after the officers' killings, at a house on Abbey Gardens, and was arrested.

Another man, aged 29, has also been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Tributes have been pouring in for the murdered officers as more and more flowers are left at the scene.

Among the messages was a large blue and white bouquet of carnations, bluebells and lilies from Manchester City Football Club.

The card read: "MCFC offer their condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes."

Police yesterday held a minute's silence to remember their fallen colleagues.

The shooting of two unarmed PCs has sparked new calls for all British police officers to be armed.

However, Mrs Sim says she still believes that the majority of police officers do not want to carry firearms. …

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