Man charged with David Short murder after gun and grenade attack at Manchester home

By Dean Wilkins

A man is being charged with the murder of David Short who was killed during a Manchester gun and grenade attack in August.

Francis Dixon, 37, of Stalybridge, was charged with murder, attempted murder and causing an explosion under the Explosive Substances Act 1883 by detectives.

Dixon is due in front of Manchester City Magistrates’ Court today after Mr Short was killed at his home on Folkestone Road East, Clayton, on August 10.

Three other men have all been charged with the murder of Mr Short – Anthony Wilkinson, 33, of Clayton, Dale Cregan, 29, of Droylsden and Jermaine Ward, 24, are due at Manchester Crown Court next month.

Cregan is also charged with murdering Mr Short’s son Mark during a targeted attack at the Cotton Tree Inn pub, Market Street, Droylsden on May 25.

He is also charged with the attempted murders of Michael Belcher, Ryan Pridding and John Short who were injured during the gun raid.

Just 11 weeks after Mark Short’s death, his father David was killed during an attack on his home – less than ten minutes later there was another grenade explosion half a mile away on Luke Road, Droylsden, but no one was injured.

And 39 days later, Greater Manchester Police officers Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, lost their lives while responding to a routine burglary call at a home in Hattersley, Tameside.

The two PCs died of gun wounds and Cregan is charged with their murders after handing himself into police on September 18.

Wilkinson and Ward are due to appear in front of Manchester Crown Court on November 9 in relation to David Short’s death.

Damian Gorman, 37, Luke Livesey, 27, Ryan Hadfield, 28, and Matthew James, 33, have been charged with murdering Mark Short and will appear at Manchester Crown Court on November 2.

Cregan is due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court by videolink on November 5.

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