The family of PC Nicola Hughes, one of two officers killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester, has paid tribute to a “loving girl” who died doing “the job she loved”.
Ms Hughes, 23, and PC Fiona Bone, 32, were killed as they responded to a routine incident at Abbey Gardens in Hattersley shortly before 11am on September 18.
A family statement read: “Nicola was our only daughter and a beautiful child. She was always happy with life and lived for her family.
“She had an infectious personality and sense of humour and was a very caring and loving girl.
“When she left the house this morning she was going to the job she loved.
“Nicola always wanted to make a difference and, in doing so, she made such a big difference to everyone she knew. She cared about everyone and especially her colleagues.
“Nicola was only 23 years old and had the whole of her life in front of her.
“We cannot express how we feel today except to say we have always been exceedingly proud of Nicola and always will be. She knew she was loved by us all and we shall all miss her dreadfully.”
Ms Hughes lived in the Oldham area, and leaves behind her mother Susan, father Bryn, and younger brother Sam.
More than 2000 messages have so far been left in an online book of condolence.
Garry Shewan, Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Without doubt, yesterday was the hardest and most upsetting day of my career.
“The impact of yesterday’s events will be felt by the force, residents of Greater Manchester and most importantly Nicola and Fiona’s family, friends and colleagues for many, many years, such was the regard in which they were held.”
Family of PC Nicola Hughes pays tribute to girl who died doing “the job she loved”