Cregan murder trial

The trial of a man accused of the murder of two police officers in Greater Manchester has begun. Dale Cregan, 29, is accused of killing PCs Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, in a gun and grenade attack, on September 18 last year.

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Dale Cregan trial adjourns for the weekend

Dale Cregan surrounded by police officers at his trial Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Dale Cregan has confirmed through his barristers that he is not offering a defence of diminished responsibility. Nicholas Clarke QC, prosecuting, told the court:

"There was a lot of forethought and planning went into all of these operations. We suggest you will surely conclude that all phases of these murderous attacks were carried out by a man who knew exactly what he was doing with a clarity of mind and also with chilling premeditation."

The trial has adjourned for the weekend, and will resume on Monday morning.

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Jury hear 999 call which 'lured' two Pcs to scene

At 10.11 on the morning of 18th September a 999 call was made the caller saying they were at 30 Abbey Gardens.

A recording of the 999 call was played to the jury, the caller purporting to be called Adam Gartee, reported someone had thrown a big concrete slab through his back window and run away.

He was told an officer would be sent within the hour. The last comment made by the caller is: "I'll be waiting."

The prosecution allege that the caller was Dale Cregan.

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Dale Cregan 'knew it would be his last night of freedom'

The prosecution in the Dale Cregan trial have been detailing how he spent the night before the murders of Pc Fiona Bone and Pc Nicola Hughes.

On the evening of 17th September last year Mr Cregan arrived at the home of his acquaintance, who aware that he was wanted by police.

Frightened for the safety of his partner and her 7-year-old daughter who were also in the house, the acquaintance allowed Cregan to spend the night.

He was sent out during the night for beer, cigarettes and cigars - the prosecution say that Dale Cregan knew this would be his last night of freedom.

The court also heard that Cregan told the acquaintance how he had murdered David Short and left a hand grenade in plane view and re-loaded a gun.

Day two of the Dale Cregan murder trial

by Elaine Willcox

The prosecution described how Dale Cregan had turned his attention from old rivals to the police.

The jury heard how Cregan had a detailed plan to murder, the house he chose was the ideal location for an ambush.

The court was told Cregan had forced his way uninvited to a house in Hattersley holding a couple and their daughter in fear.

The house owner was a barber, he'd cut Dale Cregan's hair. He ordered him to do what he said, leaving the Glock gun for the family to see.

The court heard the following morning Dale Cregan rang 999 to report a burglary. He was told an officer was on the way. He said 'I'll be waiting'.

The jury heard the 999 call Dale Cregan made to police reporting a burglary, he was calm and composed.

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Cregan murder trial begins

The trial of a man accused of the murder of two police officers in Greater Manchester has begun today.

Dale Cregan, 29, is accused of killing PCs Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, in a gun and grenade attack, on September 18 last year.

He is also being tried for the murders of David Short, 46, and his son, Mark, 23, in the months before.

Nine other co-accused are variously charged with helping or taking part in one of the four murders and attempted murders, firearms offences or assisting an offender.

Elaine Willcox has been in court

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'Long standing feud' between local families

by Matt Brindley - News Editor

The prosecution told the court that the Short family had been involved in along standing feud with members of another local family, the Atkinsons.

The families had reached a state of uneasy peace following their lengthy dispute. However on May 13 2012 an incident began between Theresa Atkinson, the Atkinson family matriarch, and Raymond Young, a member of the Short family.

Theresa Atkinson was drunk and lashed out with a bottle striking Young. It led to him "back handing" Theresa Atkinson. She responded by shouting "I'm gonna get you done by my sons". She said: "You just wait here, you're dead."

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