The county’s police chief has tonight paid tribute to the two female constables killed in Manchester, saying ‘the thoughts of Norfolk Constabulary’ were with their famly, friends and colleagues.

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The unarmed officers were killed while attending a ‘routine incident’ today, which led to the arrest of one of the country’s most wanted men.

Dale Cregan, 29, who was being hunted in connection with the deaths of a father and son in separate attacks, gave himself up to police soon after the incident, in Hattersley.

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said Dale Cregan is thought to have made a bogus burglary report then attacked the officers, opening fire with a gun and a grenade.

Sir Peter named the “brave” officers as Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23.

He said: “It would appear Cregan has deliberately done this in an act of cold-blooded murder.”

He said Cregan’s motive for the attack was “impossible to fathom”.

After the attack, the fugitive, already wanted in connection with separate gun and grenade attacks that killed a father and son, gave himself up at Hyde police station in Grreater Manchester.

Sir Peter paid tribute to Miss Hughes, describing her as a “chatterbox” and a “great bobby” who was “always smiling”.

He said Miss Bone was a “calm, gentle woman”, an “excellent bobby” and had been in the middle of planning her wedding.

In a statement released tonight, Chief Constable Phil Gormley, of Norfolk police, said: “The thoughts of the entire Norfolk Constabulary are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two officers killed earlier today in Manchester. This incident tragically demonstrates the risks that police officers quietly and routinely take to keep their fellow citizens safe. As a mark of respect and solidarity the force flag has been lowered to half mast.”

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