Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has paid tribute to PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes following the convictions of Dale Cregan and five other men.
Tony said: “Fiona and Nicola’s deaths starkly demonstrate the risks that the brave men and women of Greater Manchester Police take each day to keep us safe.
“On behalf of everyone in Greater Manchester, I would like to pay tribute to their sacrifice and bravery. Fiona and Nicola represented the very best in policing and they will never be forgotten.
“I would like to thank the officers, police staff and prosecutors involved in bringing this case to fruition for their hard work. Despite this being a deeply personal case for many of them, they exhibited professionalism of the highest standard. I would also like to thank the jury for their deliberations in what was a long and difficult case.
“But ultimately our thoughts today should be with those who have lost so much. Cregan and his cohorts caused death and misery, not just to Nicola and Fiona’s family, friends and colleagues, but also to Mark and David Short’s loved ones.
“These three families have demonstrated dignity throughout this awful process. Along with all right-thinking people, I sincerely hope they can find comfort in the knowledge that justice has been done and some small degree of consolation from the sympathies expressed by people all around the world.
“This case cast a long, dark shadow across Greater Manchester, but the fact that these men have been convicted should send out a clear message of hope that people who think they are ‘hard men’ will be hunted down and brought to book. They set a terrible example in the communities they attempt to control through fear or misguided respect. And the lie that their crimes are somehow victimless is exposed today.
“This case shows decent people across Britain that when we make a stand together, we can defeat these animals.”