Pc parents' thanks for sympathy
The family of a police officer killed in the line of duty have thanked the public for their support.
Pc Fiona Bone, who grew up in Castle Donington, and her colleague, Pc Nicola Hughes died while attending an apparently routine job in Tameside, Greater Manchester, last month.
Thousands of police officers and members of the public lined the streets of Manchester for the officers' funerals on successive days earlier this month.
Yesterday, Pc Bone's family and partner, whom she was planning to marry, issued a statement to thank police officers and members of the public for their support.
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Her mother and father, June and Paul, sister Vicky, partner Clare Curran and Clare's daughter, Jessie, said: "Words cannot properly express how we feel, but please know that we will not forget the overwhelming amount of sympathy we have received.
"We especially wish to thank Greater Manchester Police for its exceptional level of care, sensitivity and professionalism, and the other police forces around the country for their support.
"The Great British public have shown us more compassion than we could ever properly thank them for.
"Although this has been the darkest time of our lives, your many acts of kindness have been and continue to be a source of great comfort."
Dale Cregan (29) has been charged with the murders of Pc Bone and Pc Hughes.