Service to honour PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone

The service at Kettering Market Place
The service at Kettering Market Place

More than 100 police officials, community leaders and members of the public turned out to pay their respects for the two PCs killed in Manchester.

Northamptonshire Police staged a service at 12.55pm on Wednesday in Kettering Market Place, which ran in conjunction with the funeral in Manchester of PC Nicola Hughes, who was shot dead in the city in September.

The short service was opened with a speech from force chaplain Fiona De Boltz, followed by a poem and two minutes’ silence.

The officer’s oath of attestation was also read out during the service.

Chief Insp Chris Hillery, district commander for Kettering and Corby, said: “We put ourselves in harm’s way every day and I think this has given us an opportunity to come together to reflect on those officers who lost their lives, but also every other officer who has fallen down the years.

“The event isn’t for everyone but I’m really pleased with the amount of faces here that come together to show a mark of respect.”

Two officers from Northamptonshire went to Manchester to help patrol the city as the majority of their force were at the funerals.

Other police figures made the trip to Manchester to pay their respects.

Organiser Elliot Foskett, staff officer at Northamptonshire Police, said: “Across the force, we have all united in shock, condemnation and sense of duty.

“I’m sure it will be appreciated by our colleagues in Manchester.”

Another ceremony will take place at All Saints Church, Northampton, on Thursday to coincide with PC Fiona Bone’s funeral in Manchester.

Kettering Council leader Russell Roberts said: “We were all very shocked and saddened by the deaths of the two officers who were doing their duty.”

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