A BOOK of condolence has been opened at Port Erin police station in memory of Constable Fiona Bone who was gunned down on duty in Greater Manchester.
It had been announced that PC Bone’s funeral will take place at Manchester Cathedral on Thursday October 4 at 10am, the day after that of Constable Nicola Hughes, the other officer murdered in a gun and grenade attack on the Hattersley estate in Tameside on September 18.
Relatives of the two officers joined hundreds of their colleagues and members of the public on Tuesday for a vigil and minute’s silence near the scene of the attack on Abbey Gardens exactly a week on from their deaths.
The funeral of PC Hughes will take place on Wednesday October 3 at 1pm at Manchester Cathedral.
Fiona Bone, 32, attended Castle Rushen High School’s sixth form and her parents Paul and June live in Port St Mary.
The book of condolence at Port Erin police station is available for members of the public to record their respects 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Chief Constable Mike Langdon described the shootings as a ‘sad reminder of the dangers police officers confront’ but he said he would not support the routing arming of police.
He told the Manx Independent: ‘Officers do not know what they are going to be confronted with on a daily basis. Obviously we feel complete sorrow for the family and friends of Fiona and Nicola.
‘It really focuses the leadership of police organisations on officers’ safety and their responsibilities in relation to deployment, the intelligence picture and the equipment to best serve officers. Even when these thing are in place, it is very difficult to mitigate against a person with such a determined plan.’
Mr Langdon added: ‘My own view is that arming police alienates officers from the public.’ He said the deployment of armed officers had to be commensurate to the identified threat.