Cregan admits murdering PCs

Dale Cregan has changed his plea and admitted murdering two unarmed police officers in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester. The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to murdering Pc Fiona Bone and Pc Nicola Hughes.

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Dale Cregan admits murder of two police officers

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:

CCTV shows Cregan handing himself in after PC killings

CCTV footage released by police shows Dale Cregan walking into Hyde police station and being arrested on the morning of 18 September 2012. Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Preston Crown Court heard Cregan walked up to the counter and said: "I'm wanted by the police and I've just done two coppers." Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Cregan put his arms out to be handcuffed and said he was there to hand himself in, the court was told. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

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Police release image of Glock gun used to killed PCs

The Glock handgun was photographed at the scene of the murders at Abbey Gardens. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

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.

Cregan gun and grenade attack on PCs detailed in court

Dale Cregan fired 32 times in a matter of seconds during the attack on the officers, the court was told. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

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.

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Cregan changes plea and admits murdering PCs

PCs Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, died on September 18 last year.

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.

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