Updated: Friday, 17th November 2017 @ 12:59pm

Six-vehicle armed police convoy escorts Dale Cregan to Manchester court, charged with four murders

Six-vehicle armed police convoy escorts Dale Cregan to Manchester court, charged with four murders

By Mancunian Matters staff

Dale Cregan arrived at Manchester Magistrates’ Court this morning under a huge armed police convoy, charged with the murder of two women police officers.

Cregan, 29, was charged with the murder of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes in a gun and grenade attack in Mottram, Tameside, on Tuesday.

The one-eyed Cregan, of no fixed abode, is also charged with the pub murder of Mark Short in May and his father David in a gun and grenade attack in August.

A convoy of six vehicles brought him from custody, and armed police guarded the gates as the van entered the court’s underground car park.

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, told reporters he had authorised the GMP to bring the charges.

"The tragic events this week in which Police Constables Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes lost their lives in the line of duty have shocked and appalled the whole country," he said.

"I have authorised the police to charge 29-year old Dale Cregan with the murders of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes and Mark and David Short.

"He will also face four charges of attempted murder and will appear at Manchester City Magistrate Courts on Friday.

"We are absolutely determined to deliver justice for those that have been killed and harmed."

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