Police officer Nicola Hughes’s funeral
Photo essay of the ceremony in Manchester today, which concerned the first of the two murdered police officers. The funeral procession moved slowly up closed-off Deansgate to Manchester Cathedral where a service took place, and people gathered on the grass outside Urbis to listen. Hundreds of police were lining the roads and peeling off to follow the procession as it passed, and with it the unusual sight of officers crying in public. Following that pallbearers brought Nicola’s coffin back to the hearse, which then returned down Deansgate.