A man charged with killing two police officers was on bail over a fatal pub shooting, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has confirmed.
Dale Cregan, who handed himself in at a police station in Hyde yesterday, was arrested on suspicion of the murder of PCs Fiona Bone, 32, who had five years’ service, and Nicola Hughes, 23, who had served for three years, as well as on suspicion of two counts of murder in relation to the killings of a father and son, who died in separate attacks earlier this year.
In June, the 29-year-old was questioned over the shooting of Mark Short in a Manchester pub and released on bail.
Mr Short was shot dead at a pub in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, on May 25. Mr Cregan was arrested in connection with the death and released on bail.
Sir Peter Fahy, GMP’s chief constable, said police believe Mr Cregan has been protected by a criminal conspiracy to harbour him and that officers are “absolutely determined to investigate this conspiracy and bring the people involved to justice”.