Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'They Did Not Die in Vain' ; Officers in Tearful Vigil for Fallen Policewomen Tribute to 'Rising Stars Committed to Doing Good'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'They Did Not Die in Vain' ; Officers in Tearful Vigil for Fallen Policewomen Tribute to 'Rising Stars Committed to Doing Good'

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ONLY the sound of rain broke the silence as hundreds of police officers gathered to remember Pcs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes - and to promise that their deaths 'would not be in vain'.

The vigil was held in Ashworth Lane at its junction with Abbey Gardens in Mottram, exactly a week on from the tragedy which claimed the lives of the officers.

Colleagues from all ranks marched from Hyde police station to meet the families of the victims, some of whom were visiting the scene for the first time. Many members of the community also turned out to pay tribute during the vigil and oneminute silence.

The tributes were led by Chief Supt Nick Adderley, divisional commander for Tameside, who joked that Fiona and Nicola would be 'looking down and laughing' at their colleagues getting soaked by the heavy rain.

He said: "A week ago today the world was deprived of two wonderful human beings, the police service lost two of its rising stars and the public lost two of its dedicated servants, committed to doing good. I think the sign from the number of people here not only symbolises the popularity of what Nicola and Fiona stood for, but is also a symbol of hope. "The deaths of Nicola and Fiona may not be in vain." Chief Con Sir Peter Fahy said: "GMP is one big family. We lost two members of our family and we feel that loss very deeply." Both officers described how the force had been 'hugely moved and uplifted' by public support and said the tragedy would bring the police and the people of Hattersley and Mottram closer together.

Chief Supt Adderley added: "We want to rid the communities of individuals that cause fear and misery. Together, as a consequence of Nicola and Fiona's death, we are determined to do that." Prayers were read by the Rev James Halstead from Mottram Parish Church. Following the service, police marched back through the rain to Hyde. …

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