Throughout our service communities, we receive tragic news too regularly and feel the sadness of so many troops lost on deployments.
From the news, social media and conversations, there is no underestimating the sadness today, felt by Police Forces and communities across the board.
An absolute tragedy that two young Police Officers, going about their duties and expecting to go home to loved ones at the end of their shift, should have their lives taken in such a brutal and sickening attack.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Peter Fahy said: “This is a dark day for policing in not only Greater Manchester, but in the UK as a whole, as we have lost two valued members of our team.
“Nicola and Fiona exemplified all that is best in British policing, by putting others first to go into dangerous and unknown situations each day, to help people in the worst moments of their lives.
“Our thoughts are with their families, friends, and of course colleagues, at this immensely difficult time…
Colleagues of Nicola and Fiona have paid tribute to the pair, who are both described as ‘excellent bobbies’.
Fiona’s colleagues paid the following tribute. They said: “When Fiona first joined the shift, she was quite quiet and reserved. However, she came out of her shell and had a great sense of humour, always enjoying a good laugh.
“Officers loved being partnered up with Fiona as she was always calm, collected and professional and could diffuse situations with her calm gentle way. She was an excellent bobby and cared about her job and the community she served.”
Nicola’s colleagues paid the following tribute. They said: “Nicky was very bubbly and loved life and socialising. She was a chatterbox and was always smiling, even after a night shift when everyone else was a bit grumpy.
“She was a good listener and couldn’t do enough for people, she was a lovely friend and a great bobby.”
A book of condolence is available online for anyone who wishes to leave messages for the two officers.