Today, Wednesday September 18th, marks the seventh anniversary of the tragic deaths of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.
The two GMP Police Constables were murdered while doing their jobs, serving and protecting the public, as they responded to a hoax call in Mottram in Longdendale, Greater Manchester.
At around 11am the officers attended an address after receiving a false report that a concrete slab had been thrown through a window.
Remembering Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes. #NeverForgottenPosted by Greater Manchester Police on Tuesday, September 17, 2019
PC Bone, 32, and PC Hughes, 23, were then ambushed by Dale Cregan, who unleashed 32 shots from a Glock pistol in 31 seconds, before launching a hand grenade at them.
PC Bone died at the scene, while PC Hughes died after reaching the hospital.
Their deaths were met with shock and anger, and the next day a moments silence was held across Greater Manchester Police at 11am in remembrance, with the Union Flag being lowered to half-mast at GMP’s headquarters.
No other names need to be mentioned or discussed today other than— Dan Halliwell (@DanHalliwell1) September 17, 2019
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The funerals were held on consecutive days at Manchester Cathedral, over October 3rd and 4th, and most of the city centre came to a standstill as huge crowds attended to pay their respects to the two brave officers.
On June 13th 2013 Cregan was sentenced to whole life imprisonment at Preston Crown Court - meaning he’ll be locked up until he dies.
RIP Fiona and Nicola, gone but never forgotten.