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Sister speaks of murdered policewoman’s bravery

Fiona Bone
Fiona Bone

The sister of a Moray-born policewoman gunned down by a fugitive murderer has spoken of her family’s loss

Fiona Bone, 32, and her colleague constable Nicola Hughes were shot in 2012 after being lured to a house in Manchester by gangster Dale Cregan.

Cregan had gone on the run days before, after killing David Short, 46, and his son Mark, 23, three months earlier.

Now sister Vicky has spoken about the pride the family feels about her actions that fateful day.

Constable Bone, who grew up in Elgin but worked for the Manchester Metropolitan Police, saw her colleague shot in front of her – but still bravely refused to back down.

She was killed by Cregan as she reached for a stun gun.

Her 37-year-old sister, who is a teacher in Leeds, said: “Fiona had taken 22 bullets to her body armour – she could have run but I know she would never have left Nicola.

“It was just him and her but she stood strong and kept going right until the end. I am very proud of her.

“When I saw Cregan in court I thought, ‘what a little man’ – he was nothing without his guns.

“You can spend energy on hating but nothing compares to the love we have for Fiona. I always remember her with a smile.”

Constable Bone was a pupil of Hopeman Primary and Lossiemouth High while her father was stationed in the area with the RAF.

Her mother, June, was born at Forres and relatives still live in Moray.

Cregan was convicted last year of killing the two officers as well as the other two men.

Following his trial he received a whole life sentence.

The 30-year-old was originally interned in Strangeways jail in Manchester.

However, he was later moved to a maximum-security mental hospital because of his behaviour.

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