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One-eyed murderer gets life for killing two officers and a father and son

The Chief Constable labelled Cregan as the “scourge on our society”.

Dale Cregan convicted of the murder of two unarmed policewomen as well as a father and son.
Dale Cregan convicted of the murder of two unarmed policewomen as well as a father and son.
Image: Greater Manchester Police

DALE CREGAN WAS told today that he would die in prison for the murders of PC Fiona Bone, PC Nicola Hughes and a father and son.

The 30-year-old, described by police’s chief constable, Peter Fahy, as a “scourge on our society” lured the officers to an address in Hattersley on 18 September 2012 with a fictitious report of a burglary, he launched a gun and grenade attack on them.

Cregan also pleaded guilty to the murder of  23-year-old Mark Short in a pub on 25 May 2012 and the murder Mark’s father, 46-year-old David Short, who was killed at his home in Clayton on 10 August 2012.

He was on the run for the murder of both Short men when he killed both 32-year-old Bone and 23-year-old Hughes.

Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone who were murdered by Dale Cregan. (Pic: GM Police)

“After our two officers were murdered in cold blood whilst on duty, I personally reflected for a long time afterwards as to whether anything more could have been done to prevent their deaths, but quickly came to realise you cannot police such evil,” said Fahy.

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“All four of these murders were planned assassinations, meticulously calculated,” said Chief Constable, Peter Fahy.

Along with Cregan, five others were convicted for their roles in the murders of the officers and the father and son in Greater Manchester.

Anthony Wilkinson (34) and Jermaine Anton Ward (24) were found guilty the murder of David Short. Mohammed Imran Ali (32) was found guilty of assisting an offender in connection with the death of David Short. Luke Livesey (28) was been found guilty of one count of murder of Mark Short and three counts of attempted murder and Damien Gorman (38) was found guilty of one count of murder of Mark Short and three counts of attempted murder.

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