Two women police officers were, this morning, shot and killed in Mottram, Greater Manchester.
The officers, 32 year old Fiona Bone and 23 year old Nicola Hughes, from Diggle, had been sent to investigate reports of a break-in at Abbey Gardens, Mottram. When they arrived they were attacked with a gun and a grenade by Dale Cregan, a criminal wanted in connection with other murders in Manchester.
Following the attack Cregan handed himself in to Greater Manchester Police and is now being held in custody on suspicion of murder.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy, said, ‘It’s one of the darkest days in the history of Greater Manchester Police’ and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, said, ‘This is an absolutely despicable act of pure evil.’
Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, said, “I am completely shocked by this appalling news. My thoughts go out to the families, friends and colleagues of the two police officers who have so tragically lost their lives protecting us. It is at times like these we remember the courage and bravery of our police officers. Unlike most other jobs they sometimes pay the ultimate price in the line of duty.”