Gun and grenade killing: Manchester police offer £25,000 reward for pair wanted over David Short murder

By Dean Wilkins

A £25,000 reward is being offered by detectives hunting two men wanted in connection with the murder of David Short at a home in Manchester.

Dale Cregan, 29, from Droylsden, and Anthony Wilkinson, 33, from Beswick, are wanted after two machine gun and grenade attacks last Friday left Mr Short dead – the father of Mark Short shot dead in a pub attack.

And now officers have teamed up with Crimestoppers to offer the lucrative amount to anyone who can provide information that will lead to their pair’s arrest.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood, said: “Over the past week, we have been carrying out a thorough and significant police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of David Short.

“While we have been pursuing a number of lines of inquiry, we believe that there are people out there who have information that can help us trace Cregan and Wilkinson, but are not helping us, for whatever reason.”

At 10.30am on August 10, the body of 46-year-old David Short was found at a house on Folkestone Road East in Clayton after police were called there following reports of gunshots.

There had also been an explosion at the address, which was caused by a grenade.

Less than ten minutes later, shots were fired and there was another grenade explosion outside a house on Luke Road in Droylsden. No-one was injured during this incident.

Cregan is also wanted in connection with the murder of Mark Short, David’s son, at the Cotton Tree Pub on May 25 2012.

A reward of up to £25,000 is now being offered for anyone who is able to give information anonymously to the independent charity, which leads to the arrest of Cregan and Wilkinson.

Assitant Chief Constable Harwood added: “A reward of this nature is rare for two reasons: firstly it is available only to those who call Crimestoppers, and it is a major development for a reward to be offered in relation to an arrest only.

“Crimestoppers will not pass your name to us, so we will never know it is you who has called us.

“If you recognise the images of Cregan, who has a black false eye, and Wilkinson, please get in touch as soon as possible.”

North West Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, Gary Murray, said: “The two individuals being sought are considered to be dangerous by police and I would urge anyone with information on their whereabouts to contact Crimestoppers anonymously and not approach them.

A 28-year-old man who was arrested on Tuesday in Droylsden on suspicion of murder has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Two men, aged 37 and 25, who were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of murder have both been bailed pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information they wish to pass to police in relation to this investigation is asked to call police at the Major Incident Team on 0161 856 3301 or 101, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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