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Daniel Woodhall: Funeral held for ex-Manchester PC shot in Canada

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Image caption Constable Daniel Woodall's coffin was draped in the Canadian flag

A former Greater Manchester police officer who was shot dead while working in Canada has been laid to rest in a funeral ceremony attended by thousands.

Constable Daniel Woodall, 35, and another officer were shot while serving an arrest warrant at a home in Edmonton, Alberta, earlier this month.

Mr Woodall had been working for Edmonton Police for eight years.

His funeral in the city featured a procession of hundreds of officers who marched to the sound of bagpipes.

Mr Woodall's coffin was draped in the Canadian flag and carried as the cortege moved across the city.

Four locations around Edmonton were set up for the public to watch a live video stream of the ceremony.

Howard Burns, president of the Calgary Police Association, said officers' "hearts go out" to Mr Woodall's family.

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Image caption The officer was recruited from Greater Manchester Police
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Image caption The procession moved across the Canadian city of Edmonton

He told the Calgary Sun newspaper: "I know this is a terrible tragedy. Their lives will never be the same, but hopefully all of the support they've been shown will make this just a little easier for them.

"Often the police can become the public punching bag.

"But I can tell you, when something like this happens and the public rallies around our people, you have to take a step back and say, 'Wow, this is why I do my job.'"

Mr Woodall worked for Edmonton Police's hate crimes unit after being recruited from Greater Manchester Police.

The arrest warrant he was serving was for criminal harassment.

Another officer, Sgt Jason Harley, 38, was shot at the same time.

He was saved by his bulletproof vest.

The CBC reported that the last member of Edmonton Police to be killed on duty before Mr Woodall was in 1990.

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