Four years ago today, two Police Officers were murdered whilst on duty in Manchester in a location Mottram-in-Longdendale where they responded to calls of a burglary. Mottram is a small village of 10,000 people on the border of Greater Manchester and Derbyshire. In reality the call was from a man on the run following two gangland murders who had set out to murder as many police officers as he could. PC Fiona Bone, 32 and PC Nicola Hughes, 23 were lured to the address where they were shot and a hand grenade used to ensure that they were dead. The first police officer on the scene of the murder was Andrew Summerscales who left the police force in November after serving with Manchester Police for 15 years. His dead body was discovered on August 30th this year and it appeared he had committed suicide, colleagues stated that he never recovered from the night in 2012. His death is surely as linked to that night 4 years ago as was that of PC’s Bone and Hughes. It is terrible that anyone should lose their lives over the criminal actions of another human being, that three people have lost their lives in such circumstances is a dreadful outcome for all of Manchester and all of us. We rely on the work of Police forces up and down the country to protect us and keep us safe. It is reassuring if at times hard to understand that the work of the Police continues despite these three deaths and far too many others.
“The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence” Robert Peel