Two of Dale Cregan's accomplices have appeal rejected

Two men who were convicted with police killer Dale Cregan have lost their appeals over the length of their sentences.

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Two of Dale Cregan's accomplices have appeal rejected

Jermaine Ward and Anthony Wilkinson Credit: PA

Two men jailed for life for their roles in the murder of one of police killer Dale Cregan's victims have lost an appeal against the length of their minimum prison terms.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London rejected applications brought on behalf of Anthony Wilkinson and Jermaine Ward.

Wilkinson, 34, pleaded guilty to the murder of David Short, while Ward, now 25, was found guilty of the crime by a jury at Preston Crown Court last year.

Sir Brian Leveson, Mr Justice Irwin and Mr Justice Foskett ruled today that Wilkinson's 35-year term and the 33 years being served by Ward were neither "manifestly excessive or wrong in principle".

Last year, Cregan was given a whole-life prison term for the admitted murders of unarmed policewomen Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, and father-and-son David Short, 46, and Mark Short, 23.

Sir Brian warned that anyone using guns and explosives in pursuit of personal vendettas, or for any other reason, "must expect that sentences will necessarily be of the very greatest severity".

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