Father and son charged on suspicion of assisting Dale Cregan after murder rampage of Mark and David Short

By Danielle Wainwright

Two men have been charged on suspicion of assisting police-killer Dale Cregan between August and September last year, days before his gun and grenade slaying of policewomen Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone.

Jack Willbye, 57, of Chapel Street, Herne Bay, Kent, and his son Samuel, 28, of Hannet Road, Wythenshawe, have both been charged with conspiring to assist an offender and appeared on Wednesday at Manchester Magistrates Court.

They are next due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on September 25.

The charges relate to the period between August 10 and September 17 last year, when Dale Cregan, Anthony Wilkinson and Jermaine Ward were wanted by police in Greater Manchester for the murder of Mark and David Short.

A 41-year-old man from the London area was also arrested by police in Costa Del Sol yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to assist an offender.

Extradition proceedings are now in place for the man to be brought back to the UK also in connection with the period between August 10 and September 17.

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