Memorial to fallen officers

14 July 2016

Officers will pay tribute to Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes today as a new memorial is unveiled in Greater Manchester.

National PFEW representatives for the north west region Dave Bamber and Ian Saunders will be among those present at the unveiling, which takes place at The Hub, in Hyde, a mile from where the two officers died.

PCs Bone and Hughes were tragically killed on September 18 2012 in a gun and grenade attack as they investigated a hoax burglary.

They were posthumously honoured with an award by the Federation last year, and the unveiling of the joint national memorial to the pair happens on the same day as the annual Police Bravery Awards in London.

After the unveiling of the memorial, there will be a private ceremony to mark the event.
Mr Bamber said: “It is important that the memory of our fallen officers lives on and this memorial is a big part of that.

“The tragic passing of these two brave officers is something that will always be etched in our memory and it is an honour to be able to be there to see this memorial unveiled.”

The memorial has been created by the Police Memorial Trust, founded in 1984 by the late film director Michael Winner, inspired by the death of PC Yvonne Fletcher.

It has three main priorities:

  • To foster good citizenship for the benefit of the public at large by the construction and maintenance of a Roll of Honour in remembrance of every police officer killed in the line of duty.
  • To advance the education of the public, and in particular the police, in the history of officers killed in the line of duty and officer safety by the maintenance of a comprehensive archive of information available to the public.
  • To relieve the need, in particular the emotional suffering, of bereaved families and friends of  police officers who die or have died as a result of an injury received in the line of duty, by the provision of resources and services including care and support, advice and information.