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HAMPSHIRE Constabulary has pledged its support to Greater Manchester Police ahead of the funerals of two officers who were murdered.

Following the deaths of PCs Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, in a gun and grenade attack in Hattersley, Tameside, on Tuesday many officers on the Manchester force are keen to attend their funerals to pay their respects.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire police said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary has not, as yet, been asked to provide mutual aid to allow officers in Manchester to attend the funeral, but assistance has been offered and many officers have expressed their willingness to give up their rest days to support their GMP colleagues.

‘Should we be required, we will do all we can to assist at this terrible time.’

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy said he had been overwhelmed by the support of the public.

‘I would like to thank the public for this tremendous show of support,’ he said. ‘It means a huge amount to us at this difficult time.

‘Clearly the whole force and indeed the whole police service is devastated by the deaths of these two brave colleagues.’