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Pair deny murder of Mark Short in Droylsden pub

Mark Short (pictured with his son and nephew)
Image caption Mark Short was killed in a shooting at the Cotton Tree pub, Droylsden in May

Two men have denied murdering a man who was shot in a Greater Manchester pub.

Appearing via videolink at Liverpool Crown Court, Ryan Hadfield and Leon Atkinson both pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mark Short.

The court heard Mr Short, 23, was killed at the Cotton Tree pub, Droylsden, on 25 May.

Dale Cregan, 29, has previously denied the murder of Mark Short, along with the murders of David Short and police officers Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone.

Mr Hadfield, 28, from Droylsden, and Mr Atkinson, 35, from Ashton-under-Lyne, also entered not guilty pleas to charges of the attempted murder of three men who were in the pub at the time of the shooting.

Mr Hadfield and Mr Atkinson were remanded into custody ahead of an expected trial at Preston Crown Court on 4 February.

Mark Short's father David Short, 46, was killed in an attack in Clayton on 10 August.

PCs Bone, 32, and Hughes, 23, were killed on 18 September as they responded to a report of a burglary in Hattersley, Greater Manchester.

Mr Cregan was charged with four counts of murder and attempted murder and causing an explosion with a grenade.

Luke Livesey, Damian Gorman, Anthony Wilkinson and Jermaine Ward previously pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder in relation to David and Mark Short.

Three others defendants were not asked to enter a plea and are due to appear before Liverpool Crown Court on December 20.

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