In September last year, Manchester gangster Dale Cregan was charged
with the cold-blooded murders of two women police officers. He had lured WPCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes into a trap then shot them both dead, apparently for no reason, or at least for no rational reason.
His trial for these two murders and two others opened at Preston Crown Court
on February 7. Alongside him in the dock were nine other men on related charges. Five days after the start of the trial, Cregan pleaded guilty
to the murders of WPCs Hughes and Bone. Today, he pleaded guilty to the murders of Mark Short and David Short. Mark, aged 23, was shot dead in a Manchester public house in May last year. Three months later his father David
was murdered in a grenade and gun attack. The man responsible for both the shooting of Mark Short and the murder of his father was Dale Cregan, and today he pleaded guilty to both these crimes. Cregan's Counsel told the court that his client accepts that he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Although this complex trial is in effect over for him, the proceedings against his nine co-defendants will continue.