Armed police surround Dale Cregan prison van as convoy held up by double decker bus crash in Salford

By Mancunian Matters staff

The armed convoy carrying Dale Cregan to court was dramatically held up this morning when two buses crashed in Salford, injuring 25 people.

Armed police surrounded the prison van holding Cregan as the convoy was held up on Lower Broughton Road, Charlestown, on their way to Preston Crown Court.

A double decker bus and a single decker bus had collided at the junction of Lower Broughton Road and Cromwell Road at 7.50am.

Firefighters were on scene to help people off the buses and assisted North West Ambulance Service in dealing with the walking wounded.

CRASH: Double decker involved in accident (Picture courtesy
of Charlotte Stephenson @charlotte_amy20, via Twitter, with thanks.)

The driver of the single decker bus was the most seriously injured, suffering a minor head injury.

Cregan and the convoy were heading to Preston Crown Court where he is standing trial for the murders of David and Mark Short last year.

MM’s live blog of proceedings today is here.


The trial

Dale Cregan, 29, of no fixed abode, is being tried on two counts of murder. One is of the murder of Mark Short, 23, at The Cotton Tree Pub on May 26 last year. The second is his father David Short, 46, at his Folkestone Road East home on August 10. 

He also faces four counts of attempted murder and causing an explosion by using a hand-grenade.

Leon Atkinson, 35, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Damian Gorman, 37, from Glossop,
Ryan Hadfield, 28, from Droylsden, Matthew James, 33, from Clayton, Luke Livesey, 27, from Hattersley,  are also charged with murdering Mark Short, and three counts of attempted murder of John Collins, Ryan Pridding and Michael Belcher, who were also in The Cotton Tree at the time. All deny the charges.

Francis Dixon, 37, from Stalybridge, Jermaine Ward, 24, and Anthony Wilkinson, 33, from Beswick, are also charged of murdering David Short. They are also charged with Cregan with one count of attempted murder of Sharon Hark in Droylsden later on the same day. All deny the charges

They are also accused of causing an explosion with a hand-grenade. All deny the charge. 

Mohammed Ali, 23, is charged with assisting an offender. He denies the charge. 

Cregan has already pleaded guilty to the murder of police officers PC Nicola Hughes, 23, from Saddleworth, and PC Fiona Bone, 32, from Sale, in Hattersley on September 18 last year.

First picture courtesy of Lee Crooks @lee_p_c via Twitter, with thanks.

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