A minute silence in vigil for Pcs Fiona and Nicola killed in gun and grenade attack
Relatives of the two police officers who died in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester last week took part in a silent vigil yesterday.
The families joined hundreds of police officers and members in remembering Pc Fiona Bone – who spent part of her childhood in Castle Donington – and Pc Nicola Hughes.
The vigil was held near the scene of the attack which claimed the officers' lives.
Yesterday, the crowd fell silent for one minute shortly before 10.58am – exactly a week after the two officers were attacked.
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A stage with large photographs of the two officers was set up at the entrance to the road.
Chief Superintendent Nick Adderley, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "The numbers of people that are here today symbolises the popularity of what Nicola and Fiona stood for.
"But it is also a symbol of hope that actually, we want to rid these communities of individuals that cause fear, cause misery.
"Together, as a consequence of Nicola and Fiona's deaths, we are determined ever more to do that."
A man has been charged with the officers' murder.
Community volunteer Elsie Dixon paid tribute to the two officers and said their deaths would not be in vain.
She said: "Those two girls are precious. We are a community that cares, not just for ourselves but for each other and for the people that serve our community."