Manchester

Jury in trial of Dale Cregan's mother discharged

Court sketch of Kathryn Smith, Sean Booth, Anita Cregan
Image caption Kathryn Smith, Sean Booth and Anita Cregan deny all charges against them

The jury in the trial of Dale Cregan's mother and a police call handler has been discharged.

Greater Manchester Police call handler Kathryn Smith, 25, denies misconduct in a public office.

Anita Cregan, 56, and Sean Booth, 30, deny aiding and abetting Ms Smith to commit the offence.

A judiciary spokeswoman said the decision at Manchester Crown Court was due to a medical emergency involving the sitting judge's family.

"An emergency has arisen in which Mr Justice Openshaw has been called to hospital to attend a close member of his family who has been taken seriously ill," she said.

Ms Cregan was due to give evidence at the court earlier. A fresh trial will take place next year.

Dale Cregan, 30, was given a whole-life sentence in June for the murders of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone and the killing of father and son David and Mark Short.

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