Prayers said for murdered officers

Ealing Times: Pc Fiona Bone, 32, was killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester Pc Fiona Bone, 32, was killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester

Prayers are to be said at church services to remember two policewomen murdered in a gun and grenade attack.

Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, and Pc Fiona Bone, 32, were targeted on Tuesday as they were called to a report of a burglary in Hattersley, Greater Manchester.

Pc Bone died at the scene in Abbey Gardens on the Hattersley estate in Mottram while her colleague lost her life a short time later in hospital.

Among services to be held on Sunday will be two in the local community where the horrific killings took place.

The Rt Rev Mark Davies, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, will lead prayers for the officers, their families, friends and colleagues during Mass at St James the Great RC Church in Hattersley.

A service of reflection will be held at St Michael & All Angels CE Church in Mottram to offer members of the community the opportunity to come together to remember all those who have been affected by the tragedy.

A remembrance service will also be held in Pc Hughes's home village of Diggle, Oldham, with a book of condolence to be put on display for the public to sign at Kiln Green CE Church.

Earlier, the Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, issued a prayer to be used by many churches across Greater Manchester and nationwide.

He also passed on a message of sympathy to Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, in his role as chairman of the Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders Group.

Dale Cregan, the man charged with the murders of Pcs Hughes and Bone, will make his second court appearance on Monday at Manchester Crown Court via videolink from HMP Manchester. The 29-year-old is also accused of the murders of David Short, 46, his son Mark Short, 23, and four attempted murders across east Manchester.

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