Family of Pc Rathband call for armed police after Manchester murders

Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes (right), 26 who were killed in the line of duty while attending a "routine incident"  which led to the arrest of one of the country's most wanted men. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 19, 2012. Dale Cregan gave himself up to police soon after the incident, Greater Manchester Police said. Cregan, 29, was being hunted in connection with separate gun and grenade attacks that killed a father and son. Photo credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire
Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes (right), 26 who were killed in the line of duty while attending a "routine incident" which led to the arrest of one of the country's most wanted men. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 19, 2012. Dale Cregan gave himself up to police soon after the incident, Greater Manchester Police said. Cregan, 29, was being hunted in connection with separate gun and grenade attacks that killed a father and son. Photo credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire
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THE family of Pc David Rathband have called for police to be armed following the murder of two female officers.

Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes were lured to their deaths when they answered a call to a suspected burglary in Greater Manchester.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE. ''''Undated Greater Manchester Police handout photo of Dale Cregan.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 19, 2012. A major police hunt was launched to find Dale Cregan immediately after the death of David Short. The body of Mr Short, 46, was found at his house in Clayton, Manchester, on August 10 after police responded to reports of gunfire. A post-mortem examination found he died from multiple gunshot wounds and a blast injury. Less than 10 minutes after his body was discovered in Folkestone Road East there was another grenade blast and shots were fired at a house in Luke Road, Droylsden, but no one was injured.  See PA story POLICE Wanted Cregan. Photo credit should read: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE. ''''Undated Greater Manchester Police handout photo of Dale Cregan.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 19, 2012. A major police hunt was launched to find Dale Cregan immediately after the death of David Short. The body of Mr Short, 46, was found at his house in Clayton, Manchester, on August 10 after police responded to reports of gunfire. A post-mortem examination found he died from multiple gunshot wounds and a blast injury. Less than 10 minutes after his body was discovered in Folkestone Road East there was another grenade blast and shots were fired at a house in Luke Road, Droylsden, but no one was injured. See PA story POLICE Wanted Cregan. Photo credit should read: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from

As they entered the property, the gunman opened fire and hurled a grenade at the pair.

Pc Rathband was shot and left for dead by gunman Raoul Moat in July 2010.

Darren Rathband, the North East officer’s twin brother, formerly of Staffordshire Police who now serves in South Australia, said: “How many officers need to die before the powers realise that it is the 21st century and you cannot fight crime with an outdated piece of plastic and a bit of spray?”

Pc Rathband, who was blinded by Moat, was found hanged in his home earlier this year.

His son, Ash, said: “It’s time for police to be armed in my opinion. Yet again another awful incident.”

Before shooting the officer, Moat had shot and injured his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, 22, and killed her boyfriend, 29-year-old Chris Brown.

Sharron Ashurst, of the Blue Lamp Foundation, set up by David Rathband to help injured emergency services personnel and their families, said: “These latest events are sadly another reminder of the dangers that our emergency services heroes sometimes have to face.”

Pc Bone, 32, and Pc Hughes, 23, arrived at the house to attend what they believed was a routine call, but instead were gunned down.

Pc Bone died at the scene and Pc Hughes a short time later in hospital from her injuries.

Shortly after the killings, Dale Cregan, wanted for the killing of a father and son, went to a police station and was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Sir Peter Fahy, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said: “It would appear that Cregan has done this in an act of cold-blooded murder. This is one of the darkest days in the history of Greater Manchester Police, if not for the police service overall, because we have lost two deeply loved and valued colleagues.”

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