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'Cold-blooded' killer Dale Cregan has been given a whole life sentence at Preston Crown Court today for the murders of unarmed police constables Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, and father and son David and Mark Short.
The scene of the two officers' murders - the estate of Hattersley - has had more than its share of problems over the years.
On September the 18th last year, another unwanted chapter was added to its history.
Yet, as our reporter Mel Barham has been finding, Hattersley is a community full of kind-hearted people who have a great love and pride for the place they live:
Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said:
The Crown Prosecution Service and Greater Manchester Police have been determined to bring to justice all those involved in the four murders and the attempted murders in this case.
Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: '' Cregan and his cohorts caused death and misery, not just to Nicola and Fiona’s family, friends and colleagues, but also to Mark and David Short’s loved ones.
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A stash of grenades thought to belong to police killer Dale Cregan was found hidden in a storm drain during his trial, it can be reported.
Cregan and his gang were a 'scourge on our society', Greater Manchester's Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy has said.