Families pay tributes to killed officers

The families and friends of murdered police officers Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone have paid tribute to their loved ones.

Fiona Bone, 32

Fiona Bone was killed on duty in Greater ManchesterGetty

PC Fiona Bone was described as an old-fashioned copper with a 'trade-mark smile' by colleagues.

Before she was killed she was busy planning her wedding to her partner Clare Curran with whom she lived along with Ms Curran's 5-year-old daughter Jessie.

The couple had spoken, planning the wedding invitations just hours before PC Bone was shot dead.

Ms Bone had been a serving police officer for five years - a vocation she found after volunteering as a special constable while working for an insurance firm. Her parents, Paul and June Bone have now travelled to Manchester from their home on the Isle of Man

Tributes:

Miss Curran's sister Louise paid tribute to PC Bone, saying:

"She was a beautiful, kind, loving, gentle, funny, caring, sister-to-be, Jessie's best friend, Clare's rock. Words can't describe how much we love you."

Shan Fisher, a friend who was due to be photographer at PC Bone's civil partnership said:

"Fiona was the loveliest person you could meet. She was thoughtful, caring, happy and positive. The dangers of being a police officer never put her off.

"She was always very positive about her job - she said that there were quite a lot of burglaries and drunk people that could be aggressive. But she was also very positive and professional."

Another friend, Gabriella Watson, 29, told the Daily Mail:

"She seemed to have found her calling. She just wanted to do something worthwhile. She was perfectly suited to it."

 

Nicola Hughes, 23

Nicola Hughes was killed on duty in Greater ManchesterGetty

PC Nicola Hughes "always wanted to make a big difference," said her family. Being in the police, she was able to do that, and for the last three years she been "doing the job that she loved".

The prison officer's daughter studied criminology at university before switching to train as a police officer.

The young PC lived with her mother and brother Sam, 20, and had been with her boyfriend Gareth Cleminson for five years.

Mr Cleminson's family told how the 25-year-old civil servant - an ex-police sergeant's son was "in bits" and had "clammed up," too shocked to talk.

Tributes:

PC Hughes' parents Bryn, 48 and Susan, 50 said:

"Nicola was our only daughter and a beautiful child. She was always happy with life and lived for her family.
"She had an infectious personality and sense of humour and was a very caring and loving girl.

"Nicola always wanted to make a difference and, in doing so, she made such a big difference to everyone she knew. She cared about everyone and especially her colleagues.

"Nicola was only 23 and had the whole of her life in front of her. We cannot express how we feel today except to say we have always been exceedingly proud of Nicola and always will be."

Alongside a picture of himself and Ms Bones on facebook, her brother Sam added:

"I am going to miss you sooo much Nicky, you knew I loved you no matter how many stupid arguments we had over who had to empty the dishwasher haha.

"I love you chicken and can't wait to see you again."

At the scene of her murder, laying flowers with her son Callum, two, local resident Pam Gardiner said:

"We used to see her walking up and down and she would always say hello and give a smile to Callum.

"She was very bubbly and looked as though she loved her job. She was part of the community."