19 Sep 2012

Man detained after unarmed officers shot in Manchester

3:29 pm on 19 September 2012

A wanted man has been arrested after two women police officers were killed in a gun and grenade ambush in Greater Manchester in Britain.

Constable Nicola Hughes, 23, and Constable Fiona Bone, 32, were called to Abbey Gardens in Mottram to investigate what turned out to be a false report of a burglary.

Police say it appears they were deliberately "drawn" to the scene, the BBC reports.

Dale Cregan has been arrested in connection with the officers' deaths and two previous killings.

The 29-year-old was detained when he walked into Hyde police station a short time after the incident.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy says someone called police about a burglary. When the officers arrived they were attacked with a gun and a grenade.

"We believe he has made the call, or somebody else has made the call, and it would appear for the purposes of drawing these two officers to that particular scene, and then he has come out and shot and killed them both.

"Certainly it would appear to be that he has deliberately done this in an act of absolutely cold-blooded murder."

A witness at the scene in Tameside reported hearing 13 gunshots and an explosion shortly before 11am local time on Tuesday.

Sir Peter says the officers exemplified the very best of British policing.

He said Miss Bone was a "calm, gentle woman", an "excellent bobby" and had been in the middle of planning her wedding.

He paid tribute to Miss Hughes, describing her as a "chatterbox" and a "great bobby" who was "always smiling".