The devastated family of former UCLan student and serving police officer Fiona Bone have thanked the public for their “overwhelming” support after her brutal death.
PC Fiona Bone, who was killed alongside her colleague PC Nicola Hughes in a gun attack in Manchester, studied Audio Visual Media and Film Studies at the Preston university between 1999 and 2002.
The 32-year-old was one of two unarmed women police officers killed in a gun and grenade attack during a routine burglary call in Hattersly last month.
Hundreds of members of the public, including friends from Preston, attended the funerals for the Greater Manchester Police officers.
Miss Bone was due to join her partner in civil partnership.
In a statement, her partner Clare, her parents June and Paul, sister Vicky, and Clare’s daughter Jessie, said: “We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who has supported our family following the death of our beloved Fiona.
“Words cannot properly express how we feel, but please know that we will not forget the overwhelming amount of sympathy we have received.
“We especially wish to thank Greater Manchester Police for its exceptional level of care, sensitivity and professionalism, and the other police forces around the country for their support; you have all done Fiona proud.”
PC Bone’s funeral was held at Manchester Cathedral earlier this month as the city came to standstill to pay their respects to the fallen officer.
“Although this has been the darkest time of our lives, your many acts of kindness have been and continue to be a source of great comfort and strength to us.”