25/09/2012 09:49 BST | Updated 25/09/2012 10:13 BST

Fiona Bone And Nicola Hughes: Vigil And Minute's Silence Held For Murdered Policewomen (PICTURES)

The relatives of two murdered policewomen have joined hundreds of their colleagues and the public for a vigil and minute's silence.

Pcs Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, had been called to a burglary on the Hattersley estate in Tameside, Greater Manchester, when they were attacked last Tuesday morning.

Hundreds of people gathered near Abbey Gardens, Hattersley, where the silence was observed at 10.58am to mark a week since the attack.

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Fiona Bone, left, and Nicola Hughes were killed last week in a gun and grenade attack

At the entrance to the road was a stage with two large pictures of the fallen constables.

Leading Greater Manchester Police were Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy and ACC Garry Shewan.

Rank and file police officers standing nearby, some carrying candles, bowed their heads in sombre thought as the silence was observed.

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A police officer bows her head during the vigil on Tuesday

Members of the public crowded under umbrellas to shelter from the relentless rain.

Chief Superintendent Nick Adderley, the top officer in the Tameside Division for Greater Manchester Police, said: "The numbers of people that are here today not only symbolises the popularity of what Nicola and Fiona stood for.

"But it is also a symbol of hope that actually, within the community, we want to rid these communities of individuals that cause fear, cause misery.

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Pc Fiona Bone's parents Paul (fourth left) and June (fifth left), are joined by Pc Nicola Hughes' father Bryn (right) and step-mother Nat (second right) and other family members

"Together, as a consequence of Nicola and Fiona's deaths, we are determined ever more to do that."

Community volunteer Elsie Dixon paid tribute to the two officers and said their deaths would not be in vain.

She said Hattersley was a "community in mourning" adding: "Those two girls are precious.

"We are a community that care, not just for ourselves but for each other and for the people that serve our community.

"Our police officers are part of our community and those girls were special."