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Mourners, colleagues pay their respects to two unarmed policewomen killed in England

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Members of the public bring floral tributes in memory of WPC's Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone in Hattersley on Sept. 19 in Manchester, England. A local man Dale Cregan, 29, has been arrested in connection with the shooting of Hughes and Bone, who were killed as they responded to a routine incident at Abbey Gardens in Hattersley.

 

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A female police constable pays her respects and places floral tributes near the scene of the shooting.

Reuters reports--One of Britain's most wanted fugitives killed two unarmed policewomen on Tuesday in a gun and grenade ambush, police said, killings which are likely to reignite a long-running debate over whether British officers should carry guns.

Police constables Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, were gunned down in a hail of bullets after responding to a hoax call about a burglary in the northern English city of Manchester.

Despite shock over the murders, described by Prime Minister David Cameron as "despicable", senior police officers said they were determined that the British force would remain one of few in the world which is not routinely armed. Continue reading the full story.

 

 

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Women embrace before laying floral tributes close to where police constables Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes were killed in Hattersley near Manchester, northern England, Sept. 19. One of Britain's most wanted fugitives killed two unarmed policewomen in a gun and grenade ambush, police said. The killings are likely to reignite a long-running debate over whether British officers should carry guns.

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Flowers carrying a message for Fiona Bone were left at the Greater Manchester Police headquarters in Manchester, northwest England.

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Police forensic officers use a ladder to examine an area close to the scene where two female police officers were killed answering a routine call to the Hattersley estate in Mottram, Tameside, Greater Manchester, northwestern England on Sept. 19. Police combed the scene where two unarmed female police officers were killed in a rare grenade and gun attack for a second day, in an incident that has reopened the debate on arming the British police.

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