THE family of a GMP officer killed by her husband have paid tribute to a 'beautiful daughter and beloved mummy'.

Leanne McKie was killed by husband Darren in September of last year, and a jury today found him guilty of murder after he earlier admitted manslaughter.

Leanne's parents, Ellen and Ray Dodd, spoke after the trial to remember a 'beautiful daughter and beloved mummy'.

They said: “Justice has been served today.

"Our lives will never be the same again.

"There are no winners in this trial.

"We have lost our beautiful daughter and our grandchildren have lost their beloved mummy.

“We would like to thank our family and friends for their love and support they have given us through these tragic times.

"Also Leanne’s friends and her colleagues from work for all their kind words.

“We cannot thank Cheshire Police enough for all their hard work and dedication.

"Last of all we would like to thank our two liaison officers for their professionalism and guidance through these last six months we are so grateful.”

Greater Manchester Police’s deputy chief constable Ian Pilling said: “My heart goes out to Leanne’s family, particularly her three children, who she adored.

"This is such a tragedy, and ultimately it is those children whose lives have been turned upside down the most by this devastating incident.

“Leanne was a hard working officer who showed the utmost professionalism, she worked as a detective in the serious sexual offences unit and supported victims when they were at their most vulnerable.

"She worked tirelessly to provide victims with support and get them the justice they deserved.

“While this has been a Cheshire Police investigation, our officers have lost a colleague and a much-loved friend, Leanne was part of the Greater Manchester Police family and we will continue to always be there for her family and friends should they need us.

“We are supporting Leanne’s team mates in their grief and will help them in any way that we can.

“We are also supporting those officers who worked with Darren McKie, who remain extremely shocked by what happened.

“My thoughts will remain with all of those affected.”