Memorial service for murdered policeman Ray Codling

Ray Codling Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Insp Ray Codling was 49 when he was shot dead at Birch Services on the M62

A service has been held to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of a police officer who was shot by a convicted armed robber.

Insp Ray Codling was patrolling the M62 at Birch Services when he was shot by Anthony Hughes.

The 49-year-old policeman's death on 14 September 1989 prompted a hunt for his killer, but Hughes later shot himself dead.

The service was held from 10:30 BST at Birch Services.

Insp Codling's widow, Linda Codling, said: "Ray loved his job as a police officer and his death was a huge shock that left our family absolutely devastated.

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Image caption Police attended, along with friends and family of the officer
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Image caption The ceremony was held beside a memorial to Insp Codling

"I'm very proud that the sacrifice he made trying to keep other people safe is being recognised and paid tribute to because he deserves it.

"I'm also extremely grateful to everybody who is coming out to pay their respects."

Ch Supt Chris Sykes, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Ray was an excellent police officer and that day will forever be remembered as a day when Greater Manchester Police lost one its most beloved family members. Today all of our thoughts are with his family."

Insp Codling was shot twice after approaching Hughes, of Wythenshawe, who was riding a motorcycle and acting suspiciously at Birch Services.

His colleague, Sgt James Bowden, was also shot but survived.

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