Sick funeral trib­ute to sus­pect in cop killings

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VAN­DALS staged a sick trib­ute to the man ac­cused of mur­der­ing two po­lice­women – daub­ing offensive graf­fiti at the funeral of an­other of his al­leged vic­tims.

The yobs painted: “Dale Cre­gan is a God’’ on the walls of the church as mourn­ers were due to arrive for the burial ser­vice of Dave Short, 46, who was shot dead out­side his home in Au­gust.

Po­lice man­aged to cover up the graf­fiti with a sheet and the paint was re­moved by coun­cil work­men be­fore the ser­vice took place at St Wil­li­brords Church in Clay­ton, Manch­ester, yes­ter­day.

Cre­gan, 29, is await­ing trial ac­cused of the mur­ders of Short, his son Mark, 23 and WPCs Fiona Bone and Ni­cola Hughes – the two po­lice­women killed in a gun and grenade at­tack last month in Hat­ter­s­ley.

Po­lice ini­tially stood guard at the door of the church and warned on­look­ers it was a “pri­vate fam­ily af­fair.’’

Ear­lier they also won per­mis­sion from lo­cal mag­is­trates to shut all 27 lo­cal pubs for the day amid fears of fur­ther vi­o­lence from feud­ing gangs.

The funerals of the two po­lice­women take place at Manch­ester Cathe­dral to­day and Thurs­day.

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