Man charged in UK policewomen's murders

2012-09-21 14:01
Dale Cregan

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Manchester - A man appeared in a court in the English city of Manchester on Friday charged with murdering two policewomen in a shooting and grenade attack and two other murders.

Dale Cregan, 29, was brought to Manchester City Magistrates court in a police convoy under high security.

Cregan, who has lost an eye, was brought into the dock flanked by four police officers while two more dressed in military-style fatigues and armed with machine guns stood outside the dock.

He was remanded in custody after the two-minute hearing.

Police constables Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, died in the Hattersley area of the city in north-west England on Tuesday after being called to a house by someone claiming there had been a burglary.

Both were shot dead and grenades were also thrown.

The defendant also faced charges of murdering father and son David and Mark Short earlier this year, and four attempted murders.

Cregan, who has grown a thick beard, gazed around the courtroom and stared at the seats set aside for the public, where relatives of the Short family were sitting.

The deaths of the policewomen - a relatively rare occurrence in Britain - have shocked the public and reopened the debate about arming police on the beat.

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