Shoulder to Shoulder with GMP

Publish Date: 03/10/2012


Members of the public have been asked to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with the police in honour of the two police officers who were killed last monthas they responded to a call to a burglary in Mottram.

The funeral of PC Nicola Hughes takes place at Manchester Cathedral today and PC Fiona Bone's funeral is on Thursday also at the Cathedral.

Ian Hanson from the Police Federation said: "We do a difficult job, we do a dangerous job and people respect the job that is done and perhaps sometimes we lose sight of that, but what has happened in recent weeks is the support of the community has polarised and it has got behind Greater Manchester Police.

"What I would like to see over the next few days is that everybody come to the city centre and stand shoulder to shoulder."

The Police Federation has begun selling wristbands in honour of the officers, with all money raised to be donated to their families.

The gay community also has reason to show solidarity with members of Greater Manchester Police.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of both PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone who were both exemplary officers with Greater Manchester Police service and invaluable members of their local communities.

The terrible tragedy of the circumstances of their deaths is a reminder of the huge debt that we owe our police men and women who put themselves in danger everyday in order to look after the public’s safety and security.

With respect to PC Bone who was planning her Civil Partnership we must remember that there are many serving lesbian, gay and bisexual police staff who play a crucial role in serving their local communities and we would like to honour them.

Our thoughts are with everyone at GMP and serving police officers everywhere. We are indebted to their bravery and they deserve our respect and support.