Remembering Fiona and Nicola one year on
Thursday 19th September 2013 @ 12:12 by Mark Phillip

Yesterday (Wednesday) marked the tragic one year anniversary of the murders of Police Constables Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone.
They were killed in a cold blooded calculated gun and grenade attack by Dale Cregan, who lured them to a house in Mottram after making a bogus call that the property had been broken into.
He was already on the run from police investigating the murders of Mark Short in Droylsden and his father David in Clayton.
Cregan was jailed for life following a lengthy trial at Preston earlier this year.
He admitted killing the officers, handing himself in at Hyde Police Station after the attack.
A memorial garden has been created at the station honouring Nicola and Fiona’s great sacrifice.
Their murders sparked national shock and condemnation with Prime Minister David Cameron describing their deaths as a ‘despicable act of pure evil.’
Yesterday was a time for reflection, remembrance and honouring Nicola, 23, and Fiona, 32.
A private ceremony commemorating their lives was held at the Hyde Police Station garden for friends and loved ones with a minute’s silence to commemorate their tragic loss at 10.53am – the exact time the officers lost their lives.
Vast volumes of flowers lined the road following their deaths, and thousands of people lined the streets of Manchester to pay their respects at their funerals, with services held at Manchester Cathedral.
In an emotional statement yesterday, Greater Manchester’s Chief Constable Peter Fahy said their great sacrifice would never be forgotten.
Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “Today (Wednesday) marks the one year anniversary since the day that shocked a nation, when our two dear colleagues, PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, were callously killed in cold blood as they attended what they believed was just a routine incident.
“The deaths of these two highly-valued officers was a huge tragedy for their families, close colleagues and GMP, but also had an immense impact on the local community in Hattersley and country as a whole.
“The families of these two young women have shown incredible dignity as they have had to deal with their grief in the public spotlight, but they have also found great courage in the tremendous displays of support from members of the public. People may never know how much both we and the families appreciated this.
“The last 12 months have been a difficult time for the Force, but it is testament to the professionalism and dedication of our officers and staff, who since that day have continued to go out and serve the public to the very best of their ability.
“We have also worked tirelessly in the Tameside and North Manchester areas to deal with those organised criminal networks responsible for the extreme outbursts of violence that led up to the deaths of Fiona and Nicola.
“This work will go on around Greater Manchester as we continue to take down these types of offenders, strip them of their assets and try and prevent others from being drawn into this lifestyle.
“Today, we think of the families of Fiona and Nicola, of their friends and colleagues and the people of Hattersley.
“We remember our two young officers, who had their whole lives ahead of them but were taken cruelly from us doing the job they loved. We will never forget their great sacrifice.”11459_10151578045161594_1103706659_n