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Two remanded over assisting police killer Dale Cregan

Two people appeared in court today charged with assisting police killer Dale Cregan and others while they were on the run.

Dale Cregan was given a whole life sentence for the murders of two female police officers and two others. Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA

Raj Mohammed Khan, 41, of Bradford, and Patricia Kelly, 55, of Droylsden, Greater Manchester were charged with conspiracy to assist an offender.

They appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court and were remanded in custody.

One-eyed gangster Cregan was given a whole-life sentence earlier this year for the murders of Pc Nicola Hughes and Pc Fiona Bone and father-and-son David and Mark Short.

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Police mourn Cregan victims one year on

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Pc Fiona Bone (left), 32, and Pc Nicola Hughes (right), 23, were killed one-year-ago today. Credit: PA

Police are remembering the "great sacrifice" of two unarmed officers who were killed by gangster Dale Cregan a year ago.

Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, and Pc Fiona Bone, 32, were lured to their deaths by Cregan, who ambushed them at a house in Hattersley, Greater Manchester after putting in a bogus 999 call.

He had gone on the run days before killing David Short, 46, last August after gunning down his son, Mark Short, 23, at the Cotton Tree Pub in Droylsden three months earlier.

Cregan, 30, was given a whole life sentence at Preston Crown Court in June.

Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), said: "Today, we think of the families of Fiona and Nicola, of their friends and colleagues and the people of Hattersley.

"We remember our two young officers, who had their whole lives ahead of them but were taken cruelly from us doing the job they loved. We will never forget their great sacrifice."

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Killer Cregan moved to maximum-security hospital

One-eyed police killer Dale Cregan has been moved to a maximum-security hospital because of his behaviour.

The 30-year-old father-of-one is now in the Ashworth Hospital where Moors Murderer Ian Brady is currently serving his sentence.

Dale Cregan is serving a whole life sentence. Credit: Police Handout

The move was prompted after Cregan began refusing food.

A police source told the Press Association: "His head has gone. He can't take it any more, he's not cocky any more, what a difference in attitude."

Ashworth Hospital, near Maghull on Merseyside, houses prisoners deemed to be criminally insane.

Cregan, who is serving a whole life sentence, lured Pcs Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, to their deaths in a horrifying gun and grenade attack on September 18 last year.

He had gone on the run days before, killing David Short, 46, last August after gunning down his son Mark, 23, at the Cotton Tree Pub in Droylsden three months earlier.

Cregan probe leads to drugs seizures and 300 arrests

The investigation into the murders of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone and David and Mark Short has led to a further 300 arrests and the seizure of £300,000 worth of drugs.

Dale Cregan was jailed for a whole life term for the murders last month. Operation Challenger has been targeting the criminal networks and families in the communities of Tameside and north and east Manchester.

Some of the drugs that have been seized as part of Operation Challenger. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

As part of the operation, there has been more than 300 arrests, £2m worth of property seized, more than £300,000 worth of drugs recovered and £650,000 worth of restraint orders since October 2012.

Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: "The investigation into the murders of Fiona, Nicola and the Short family revealed a far-reaching web of organised criminality and extreme violence which had to be tackled.

"The historic rivalry between criminal factions fighting over reputation and territory and creating alternative systems of justice was the spark that led to the tragic events we saw last year.

"Over the past few years, we have made huge strides towards tackling organised crime. Millions of pounds worth of drugs have been seized and more than 1,500 years of jail time handed out to offenders.

"However, we know there are still criminalnetworks causing misery to certain communities so Operation Challenger seeks tobuild on our successes and permanently tackle these organised crimegroups."

Couple describe being taken hostage by Dale Cregan

A couple have described how they were held hostage by killer Dale Cregan who threatened them with a grenade.

Cregan was given a whole life prison term yesterday for the murders of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone and father and son David and Mark Short.

Alan Whitwell told the Sun that Cregan knocked at the home he shared with his girlfriend, the night before his attack on the two policewomen.

After brushing past him as he opened the door, "He put a grenade on the fireplace and said, ‘Do what I say and you won’t get hurt’”, the barber said.

Dale Cregan has been sentenced to a whole life term. Credit: Police handout

"He is a lunatic, a ticking timebomb. I was sh***ing myself that we were going to die, Mr Whitwell said.

Lisa Mcintosh said: “I knew he was wanted by the police. I was frozen with fear.”

After demanding a haircut from him among other things, the next day the barber witnessed Cregan's deadly attack:

"I saw the gun in his hand and he mumbled something about the police. “I heard the front door open and then just heard ‘Bam!’

"It just shook me -I froze. The shots seemed to go on for ever".

The couple are currently still receiving counselling for post-traumatic stress.

Cregan trial: Prison van crash victims to claim

Convicted killers in the Dale Cregan trial are to make claims for whiplash injuries over a prison van accident as they were taken to court, prison sources have said.

Damian Gorman - who was convicted of one count of murder and three of attempted murder - is among those in line for compensation if he is successful in claims for personal injury and "hurt feelings".

A number of prison staff are also understood to be in the process of claiming.

Dale Cregan is not making a claim as he was not injured in the collision.

The collision involved two prison vans taking defendants from HMP Manchester to Preston Crown Court on 24 May.

It was the second time in eight days that vans containing the defendants were involved in a crash.

After the accident Greater Manchester Police said four prison officers suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment and that one prisoner was injured.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "We robustly defend all cases as far as the evidence allows."

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Cregan juror ejected after declaring 'they're all guilty'

One of the jurors trying Dale Cregan and his gang was dismissed after declaring within days that they were all guilty, it can now be reported.

Only three days of evidence in the prosecution case had been heard before the man was discharged.

A fellow juror passed a note to a usher which read: "As a member of the jury, I am beginning to feel uncomfortable about a juror.

"I feel it is a massive responsibility that the correct verdicts are reached.

"We have one member who has the opinion that they are 'all guilty as f---' and "we don't have to listen all day to this s---."

"I am sure this is not the correct attitude ... I want all 10 (defendants) to have a fair trial."

Trial judge Mr Justice Holroyde decided to eject the juror in the interests of justice and ordered him not to return to court while the proceedings were going on.

Cregan's eye socket searched twice-a-day during trial

Dale Cregan was subjected to twice-daily checks behind his false eye as part of the intensive security operation surrounding his trial.

Nothing was left to chance for the ring of steel thrown around Preston Crown Court which cost more than £5 million.

Dale Cregan has been jailed for a whole life term. Credit: Police Handout.

All Category A inmates transported to court need to undergo a strip search and in Cregan's case that included his left eye socket - a time-consuming extra check which is said to have annoyed the killer.

A source at HMP Manchester, better known as Strangeways, said: "Every time he comes in and every time he goes out of the building he must be searched and checked - including behind his eye.

"Because he is a category A prisoner, each time he leaves these walls he is strip searched and he must take his eye out so we can look behind it for drugs or some sort of weapon or anything he shouldn't have.

"And every time he comes back from court he gets strip searched again and he has to take his eye out again."

Cregan is thought to have lost his eye in a fight with police in Thailand which involved a knuckle-duster.

Sue Hughes: 'Life barely worth living without' Nicola

The mother of Nicola Hughes has described her "devastation" following her death. In a statement released following the sentencing of Dale Cregan, Sue Hughes said:

He chose on that day to murder our daughter and leave our lives completely devastated, a life barely worth living without her.

Now the trial has concluded, he will return to his cell to live the rest of his natural life.

We, however, will live with what he did every single hour of every single day for the rest of our lives.

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