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Hampshire police at funeral of Pc Nicola Hughes in Manchester
2:51pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in News
HUNDREDS of police officers and staff across Hampshire have paid their respects to fallen colleagues in Manchester by observing a minute's silence outside stations across the county.
The moment of reflection was mirrored by forces across the country at 1pm as the funeral of Pc Nicola Hughes got underway this afternoon.
Hampshire's chief constable Alex Marshall travelled to Manchester to attend the service at the city's cathedral.
Outside thousands of members of the public had lined Deansgate in the city centre as a mark of respect as the cortege passed by, led by six mounted officers.
Outside the cathedral officers formed a guard of honour as her coffin, shrouded with black cloth and her police hat and gloves resting on top, was carried inside.
Tomorrow morning her colleague Pc Fiona Bone will also be laid to rest at another service in the city.
Once again Hampshire police will mark the event with another minute's silence around the county.
Two Hampshire officers have been deployed to Manchester to provide policing cover so that colleagues from Greater Manchester Police can attend the funerals.
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