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Today, the emergency services in Greater Manchester and across the UK were deeply saddened by the tragic death of two female police officers in Tameside.
It has been a devastating day for Greater Manchester Police and the county as a whole and on behalf of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the force for the tragic loss of Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.
I would also like to offer my sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the two officers who lost their lives while carrying out a routine job - this is a heart-breaking time for all who knew these two women.
The incident is a chilling reminder of the risks faced by brave emergency services workers everyday of their lives in order to protect the community.
The two women were shot in Hattersley this morning and the shootings led to the arrest of wanted murder suspect Dale Cregan.
I can only echo the thoughts of my colleague in GMP, Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, who said earlier that a "long and dark shadow has been cast across Greater Manchester."