Gunned down in cold blood: One-eyed suspect held after two policewomen aged 32 and 23 lured to estate by false burglary report and shot dead
Two young unarmed policewomen were shot dead today, before a man was arrested on suspicion of murder after walking into a police station.
Pc Fiona Bone, 32, and Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, were attending a report of a burglary in Hattersley, Greater Manchester, when they were attacked with a gun and a grenade shortly before 11am.
Shortly after the incident, Dale Cregan, 29, was detained at a nearby police station in Hyde.
One officer died at the scene. The other was taken to hospital but died later. An ambulance left the cordon – with the body of Pc Bone believed to be inside – as officers formed a guard of honour.
Police said there was nothing in the burglary report to suggest that armed officers would be required.
Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said the officers were sent to probe what appeared to be a routine burglary report when they were attacked with a gun and grenade.
Sir Peter paid tribute to Pc Bone, who had been with the force for five years. He described her as a ‘calm, gentle woman’ and an ‘excellent bobby’ who was in the middle of planning her wedding.
He added that Pc Hughes, a ‘bubbly’ woman who loved karate and socialising, had served for three years and was a ‘good listener’, ‘lovely friend’ and ‘could not do enough for people’.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the killings were ‘a shocking reminder of the debt we owe to those who put themselves in danger to keep us safe and secure’.
He added later that what happened was an ‘absolutely despicable act of pure evil’ and served as ‘another reminder of the incredible risks and great work our police service does’.
Sir Peter said the force was ‘devastated’ by its loss and described today as ‘one of the darkest days in the history of the Greater Manchester Police – if not for the police service overall’.
SNIP: Unarmed policemen. Always a great idea, eh wot?