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Further arrest made over murders of father and son

Police have arrested a man in connection with two attacks in Clayton and Droylsden in which a man was killed.

Officers arrested the 37-year-old man late last night on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody where he will be questioned by detectives today.

The victim in Friday’s attack has now been formally identified as 46-year-old David Short – father of Mark Short, who was recently killed at the Cotton Tree pub in May 2012.

A 31-year-old man arrested on Wednesday in connection with the murder of Mark Short is still being questioned by police.

A Home Office post-mortem examination has concluded that David Short died from multiple gun shot wounds and explosion injury.

Police are still looking for 29-year-old Dale Cregan, who they also wish to speak to following the two attacks on Friday. Cregan is also wanted in connection with the murder of Mark Short, David’s son, at the Cotton Tree Pub on 25 May 2012.

David’s body was found at an address on Folkestone Road East in Clayton shortly after 10.30am on Friday 10 August 2012, after police were called following reports of gunshots. There had also been an explosion at the address, which was later found to have been caused by a grenade.

A second grenade explosion took place nine minutes later outside a house on Luke Road in Droylsden, but no-one was injured during this incident.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, said: "Since Friday, we have dedicated a significant amount of officers to not only identify those involved in the violent attacks which have left one man dead, but also to carry out intensive patrols in the area to reassure people living there.

“We have made significant advances in the police investigation over the past couple of days, and a man was arrested last night in the Salford area. Our inquiries are still very much ongoing and our main priority continues to be finding Dale Cregan, so we can arrest him and speak to him about these incidents. We are appealing to the public to help us to do this.

“We have released two images of Cregan and are urging anyone who has seen him or who knows of his whereabouts, to please call us immediately. Do not approach him.

“We have specialist officers who continue to support the family of David Short at this difficult time and extra police officers, including specialist firearms officers, remain on patrol in the Clayton and Droylsden areas.

“I want to reiterate that while these attacks are highly unusual and we do not believe there is any threat to the wider public, we understand that recent events may have left people feeling worried. Neither the police nor the community will stand for such acts of violence and I am asking for people to work with police to share any information they may know. This can be done in complete confidence if necessary.”

Anyone with any information 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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