Mother of killer Dale Cregan and former 999 call handler who allegedly leaked info due in Manchester court

By Danielle Wainwright

A former Greater Manchester Police call handler who allegedly fed confidential information of police killer Dale Cregan’s whereabouts to his family while he was on the run will appear in court today.

Dale Cregan’s mother Anita, 56, will also appear along with Kathryn Smith, 25, and Sean Booth, 31, all from Droylsden, after they pleaded not guilty on Friday September 13 at Manchester Crown Court through video link.

Cregan and Booth are charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office between August 1 and September 1 last year by causing Smith to look for and disclose confidential information as she was working as a GMP call handler.

Booth and Smith are also charged with conspiracy to steal between January and December 2011, and a charge of conspiracy to possess ecstasy between January 2010 and December 2011 which they both deny.

Smith was suspended from her job in September last year.

Dale Cregan was jailed for life on June 13 for the brutal murders of policewomen PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes.

He also shot and killed father and son Mark and David Short on May 25 last year.

Anita was held at Styal women’s prison in Cheshire and Booth was held at HM Prison Manchester.

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