Chief sends condolences to force

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The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police has sent his condolences to colleagues in Manchester after the murders of two female officers.

David Crompton, who once covered the Mottram area where the killings took place has sent his condolences to the Greater Manchester force’s Chief Constable and Superintendent Nick Adderley who covers districts.

Police constables Nicola Hughes, aged 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, were killed in a gun and grenade attack on Tuesday after apparently being lured to Mottram by a report of a burglary which turned out to be a hoax.

Dale Cregan, who was being hunted for two other murders, handed himself in at a police station shortly after the killings.

The killings have sparked national outrage with many calling for police to be armed.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman added: “Our Chief Constable was actually the District Commander of the area where the tragedy happened 10 years ago.”

A minute’s silence for the murdered officers was held yesterday morning at 11am.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said Cregan had been on bail because there was insufficient evidence available to charge him over the earlier murders and he had to be released.