Dale Cregan admits killing PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes

One-eyed killer on trial for gun-and-grenade murder of police dramatically changes plea

LAST UPDATED AT 16:43 ON Tue 12 Feb 2013

DALE CREGAN, the one-eyed man on trial for ambushing two police officers in a gun and grenade attack in Manchester last September, today admitted their murder.

The 29-year-old changed his plea at Preston Crown Court this afternoon, after previously denying luring Fiona Bone, 32 and Nicola Hughes, 23 to a house in Mottram, Manchester with a fake report of a burglary before killing them.

Last week, the families of Bone and Hughes wept in court as Cregan's hoax 999 call was played to the jury. As ITV.com reports, he used the alias Adam Gartree to the operator he had been burgled and wanted the police to come round. "I'll be waiting," he said.

The jury heard how the two Greater Manchester Police officers were then ambushed by Cregan after being sent to the property on the Hattersley Estate. He opened fire on the policewomen with a Glock pistol, shooting Bone 24 times and putting a bullet in Hughes’s head, before throwing a hand grenade at their bodies.

The prosecution told the court how Cregan later drove to Hyde police station, where he announced: "I'm wanted by the police and I've just done two coppers."

The killing of the officers shocked the nation, with prime minister David Cameron saying at the time that it was an "absolutely despicable act of pure evil".

The jury was sent home this afternoon in the wake of the plea change, which came on the fourth day of the trial. Cregan is also on trial for allegedly killing a father and son, David and Mark Short, earlier last year. He still denies those murders.

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