2 FE­MALE COPS KILLED IN GUN BLOOD­BATH Wit­nesses hear 13 shots and ex­plo­sion WPCS were at­tend­ing ‘rou­tine in­ci­dent’ One-eyed fugi­tive hands him­self in

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON DEAN

TWO un­armed fe­male po­lice of­fi­cers have been killed in a gun and grenade at­tack in which led to the ar­rest of a wanted man.

PC Ni­cola Hughes, 23, and PC Fiona Bone, 32, had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing a bur­glary in Mot­tram, Greater Manch­ester.

Fugi­tive Dale Cre­gan, 29, has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the of­fi­cers’ deaths and two pre­vi­ous mur­ders.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice Chief Con­sta­ble Sir Peter Fahy said it was one of the force’s “dark­est days”.

Mr Cre­gan was ar­rested when he walked into Hyde po­lice sta­tion a short time af­ter the in­ci­dent.

A wit­ness at the scene re­ported hear­ing 13 shots and an ex­plo­sion shortly be­fore 11am.

Sir Peter said some­one had made a call al­leg­ing a bur­glary had been com­mit­ted and when the of­fi­cers ar­rived they were at­tacked with a gun and a grenade.

Po­lice said one of the of­fi­cers died at the scene, the sec­ond was crit­i­cally injured and died later.

There was a heavy po­lice pres­ence at the scene, in­clud­ing a bomb dis­posal team.

The wit­ness – a win­dow cleaner – said the prop­erty the of­fi­cers were called to had been un­oc­cu­pied for some months.

Asst Chief Con­sta­ble Garry Shewan said it was “a tragic day” for Greater Manch­ester Po­lice, adding: “A long and dark shadow has been cast over Greater Manch­ester.”

Po­lice had been of­fer­ing a £25,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to Mr Cre­gan’s ar­rest as he was wanted over at­tacks that left a fa­ther and son dead.

Po­lice con­firmed that Mr Cre­gan had also been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of two counts of murder in re­la­tion to the probes into the deaths of David Short and Mark Short.

David Short was killed in a gun and grenade at­tack in Clay­ton Gtr Manch­ester on Au­gust 10.

His son, Mark, was killed in a pub shoot­ing at the Cot­ton Tree Pub in nearby Droyls­den in May.

TRAGEDY: Cops at scene of death of WPC Bone ( and WPC Hughes

AR­RESTED: Cre­gan

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