England

Dale Cregan: Alleged accomplices accused of helping PC killer

  • 12 September 2013
  • From the section England
Dale Cregan
Image caption Dale Cregan went on the run after killing David Short

Two men have been charged with helping police killer Dale Cregan while he was on the run.

Jack Willbye, 57, of Chapel Street, Herne Bay, and Samuel Willbye, 28, of Hannet Road, Manchester, are accused of conspiring to assist an offender.

They have been remanded to appear at Manchester Crown Court on 25 September.

A 41-year-old London man has also been arrested in the Costa Del Sol in Spain on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Extradition proceedings have started, in order to bring the suspect back to the UK.

Police manhunt

Cregan's killing spree began on 26 May 2012 when he was one of a group which shot amateur boxer Mark Short dead in The Cotton Tree Inn, Droylsden.

Just over two weeks later he was detained at Manchester Airport, questioned by police and then bailed.

A police manhunt for him began after Mr Short's father David was killed in a gun and grenade attack at his home in Clayton, Manchester.

Cregan brought his time on the run to an end himself, after luring PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone to their deaths at a house in Mottram, Greater Manchester in another gun and grenade attack, following a hoax 999 call on 18 September.

Thirty-five minutes later he handed himself in at Hyde Police Station.

Cregan was jailed for life at Preston Crown Court in June for all four murders.