Greater Manchester Chief Constable defends decision to bail Dale Cregan

Greater Manchester's Chief Constable has defended the decision to bail 29 year old Dale Cregan earlier this year after he was arrested in connection with the murder of Mark Short. Cregan was detained yesterday after walking into Hyde police station following the death of two police officers.

It is absolutely normal in the course of complex crime enquiries that when people are arrested there are occasions where there is insufficient evidence available for them to be charged. “In those circumstances suspects have to be released on bail as there are strict time limits covering how long suspects can be held in custody without charge. That is exactly what happened in this case.

– Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable Greater Manchester Police

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Crowds for PC Hughes funeral

Crowds have gathered on the streets of Manchester city centre for the funeral today of PC Nicola Hughes. PC Hughes and colleague PC Fiona Bone were shot dead in Hattersley. Both services will be at Manchester Cathedral.