Many of you will remember horrific events of September 2012 when my Brother-in-law’s daughter Nicola along with her colleague Fiona were murdered whilst on duty with Manchester police.
My Brother in-law has now written a book about Nicholas’ life and her tragic death. All profits from the sale of the book will go to the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial fund.
At the moment the book is only available to buy on Amazon but will hopefully be available in book shops at a later date. If you would like to buy a copy of the book and don’t have internet access please let me know and I will gladly order you one.
On the following pages I have included excepts from the official press release for the book.
THE STORY OF PC NICOLA HUGHES: 16.10.88 – 18.9.2012
by BRYN HUGHES
With a Foreword by
NICK ADDERLEY, Chief Superintendent, Greater Manchester Police
PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK ARE BEING DONATED TO THE PC NICOLA HUGHES MEMORIAL FUND
ISBN: 979 1 86151 397 7 Paperback 144 pages RRP: £12.99 March 2016
‘Please tell me what’s happened’ I said. Then that horrible realisation came. You know how the rest of the conversation is going to go but however hard you try there is nothing you can do to prevent what’s coming next. ‘Don’t you dare tell me she’s dead,’ I said. Not my Nicky, please not my little girl!
On 18 September 2012, PC Nicola Hughes (23) and her colleague PC Fiona Bone (32) were shot dead by a psychopathic criminal called Dale Cregan who had lured the young officers to his doorstep by making a false 999 call. The crime received a blaze of publicity and shocked the whole nation.
Now, in this new book, Nicola’s father bravely tells Nicola’s story in his own words. He tells of the shock and the grief as well as the challenges he and the family have faced since her death – and describes the inspiring work of the memorial fund that bears his daughter’s name.
Although Cregan is now serving life for the murders of the two young policewomen – with a recommendation that he should never been freed, Nicola’s father Bryn, a former prison officer, constantly relives the memories of that dreadful day and the events that followed it. Seen through the eyes of her grieving father, this is Nicola’s story, from the joy of her birth through to the terrible circumstances of her untimely death and the aftermath of pain and heartbreak.
But the book is also an inspirational account of how Bryn Hughes decided to pay tribute to his daughter by creating a force for good from the unspeakable act of evil that robbed him of his daughter. With the help of the Police and the people of Britain, the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund has now raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help young people whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by the violent death of a close relative. The money raised provides support, educational opportunities and career training for young people bereaved by violent crime – and helps them to find some hope after the horror.