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Police killer Cregan in psychiatric hospital

One-eyed police murderer Dale Cregan has been moved to maximum-security Ashworth Hospital after reported changes to his behaviour.

Cregan, 30, is now at the secure mental hospital for prisoners deemed criminally insane, where Moors Murderer Ian Brady is serving his sentence. He was transferred yesterday from Manchester's Strangeways jail, where he had been refusing food.

The father-of-one was placed in the hospital wing of the jail before his transfer yesterday, and had been kept separated from other prisoners.

A police source told the Press Association: "He can't take it any more, he's not cocky any more, what a difference in attitude.

"He had not been eating and was in healthcare in prison. He was just lying on his bed 24/7, doesn't talk to staff. He's not eaten for four weeks, he's gone in the head."

Cregan is serving four life sentences following the murder of two unarmed policewomen and a father and son. He was told at Preston Crown Court in June that he would spend the rest of his life behind bars. He had previously only served minimal sentences.

Cregan lured policewomen Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, to their deaths in a gun and grenade attack on September 18 last year.

He had gone on the run days before, killing David Short, 46, last August after gunning down his son Mark, 23, at the Cotton Tree Pub in Droylsden three months earlier.

The manhunt reached a conclusion when Cregan ambushed the constables following a bogus 999 call to a house in Abbey Gardens in Hattersley, Greater Manchester.

PC Fiona Bone Credit: Credit: GMP
PC Nicola Hughes Credit: Credit: GMP