Thousands of people have left messages of condolence on the Greater Manchester Police website after two officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.
PC Fiona Bone, 32 and PC Nicola Hughes, 23, were killed after being called out to a false report of a burglary yesterday.
The Greater Manchester Police Federation has said “every resource of the federation and GMP will be there to support the colleagues, family and friends of these two GMP officers who have given their lives doing the job they loved”.
The officers were shot while attending a routine call and there are reports of a grenade being used at the scene in the area of Hattersley, Greater Manchester.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Ian Hanson, chair of the Manchester branch of the Police Federation, told Police magazine:
“No words can describe the sadness and the anger GMP officers feel. We have no answers as to how anybody could commit such an unspeakable evil act on two decent and committed police officers and, to be frank, I do not think we ever will have.
“What I will say at this stage is every resource of the federation and GMP will be there to support the colleagues, family and friends of these two GMP officers who have given their lives doing the job they loved.”
Greater Manchester Police has a book of condolence to feature messages of respect for their family and colleagues.
Peter Fahy, chief constable of the GMP, said the dead officers “exemplified all that is best in British policing, by putting others first to go into dangerous and unknown situations each day, to help people in the worst moments of their lives”.
Messages of condolence can be posted here.