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UK: Two policewomen shot dead in Manchester

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UK: Two policewomen shot dead in Manchester


Two unarmed policewomen have been killed in a gun and grenade attack in northern England.

PC Nicola Hughes (23) and PC Fiona Bone (32), had been investigating a burglary in Mottram, Tameside, near Manchester, when they were gunned down.

One of the officers died at the scene and another died later in hospital.
Dale Cregan (29) who was already wanted in connection with two murders was later arrested after walking into a police station.

There was already an outstanding a 50,000 pound (62,261 euro) reward for information leading to the arrest of Cregan, as he was suspected of the murders of David Short in August, and his Son Mark who was shot and killed in a pub in May.

Prime Minister David Cameron, called the incident shocking and the case has reignited the debate over whether British police officers should carry guns.

Most officers in the UK do not carry a firearm, although every force has special armed units.

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