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Dale Cregan suddenly changed his plea in court today, and admitted he did murder PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, after luring them to their deaths with a false 999 call.
Cregan fired 32 bullets at the police women in Hattersley, Greater Manchester, and threw a grenade at them. Initially, he had insisted he was not guilty.
Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:
An image of the Glock handgun found at the scene of the killings of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes in Abbey Gardens in Mottram, Hyde, on September 18 last year has been released by Greater Manchester Police.
Preston Crown Court heard that Dale Cregan, who today confessed to the two murders, fired a total of 32 bullets from the weapon at the unarmed officers after luring them to the address with a bogus 999 call.
Preston Crown Court heard last week how Dale Cregan lured unarmed officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes to their deaths with a bonus 999 call last September, telling police, "I'll be waiting."
When the officers arrived Cregan attacked, firing 32 times in a matter of seconds, emptying his handgun's magazine, before leaving his "calling card" by throwing a military fragmentation grenade as his victims lay bleeding on the floor, the court was told.
The jury heard how PC Bone fell in a hail of 24 bullets when she drew her Taser and tried to respond. Cregan also shot PC Hughes in the head three times as she lay paralysed on the floor.
After the attack "calm and casual" Cregan, who had groomed himself with new clothes and a haircut on his last night of freedom, handed himself in saying: "I'm wanted by the police and I've just done two coppers," the jury heard.
The jury has now been sent home for the day after Dale Cregan dramatically changed his plea to guilty for the murders of PCs Hughes and Bone.
Dale Cregan still denies murdering father and son David and Mark Short, despite admitting to the killings of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.
Dale Cregan's changed plea to guilty over the murders of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes has come on the fourth day of the trial at Preston Crown Court.
The officers died from gunshot wounds last September.