Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Manchester officer murders are ‘all too familiar’ for PSNI

PC Nicola Hughes was killed in the line of duty while attending a 'routine incident' (Greater Manchester Police/PA)
Pc Fiona Bone was in the process of arranging her wedding before being killed (Greater Manchester Police/PA)
Dale Cregan

The murder of two police officers in Manchester is “all too familiar” to police in Northern Ireland, the PSNI’s Deputy Chief Constable has said.

Greater Manchester Police constables Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes were unarmed when they were killed in a gun and grenade attack on Tuesday.

The officers were lured to a house by a bogus 999 call reporting a burglary.

Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie (right) wrote on her PSNI blog: “Sadly this scenario is all too familiar having lost so many of my colleagues in the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC and Police Service of Northern Ireland.”

A total of 300 RUC members were murdered in the Troubles.

Two members of the PSNI have been murdered.

PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll was shot dead by dissident republicans in March 2009 while on duty in Craigavon.

Constable Ronan Kerr was murdered by a bomb under his car in April last year.

“Policing is an extended family and when colleagues are killed, particularly in the line of duty, that sense of loss is felt right across the entire policing community locally, nationally and internationally,” Ms Gillespie wrote.

She added that it was with a “deep sadness” that she heard about the deaths of the two police officers in Manchester.

“I know (Greater Manchester Police) Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy personally and as I watched him speaking to the media, it was very clear that Greater Manchester Police had lost two excellent colleagues and the community in which they served had lost two fine young police officers.

“(Tuesday) morning they had started their shift and were out there doing the job they loved — helping, supporting and reassuring the people of Hattersley,” said Ms Gillespie.

“Our thoughts and prayers are very much with the families of Fiona and Nicola, and our colleagues in Greater Manchester.”

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