Murder of two policewomen: how they were lured into ambush

Sep 19, 2012

Man wanted in connection with two other murders hands himself in to police shortly after deadly attack

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THE TWO unarmed female PCs killed yesterday in a gun and grenade attack in Manchester were lured into an ambush after being called to investigate a hoax burglary, according to police.

Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, were sent to a property in the Hattersley Estate in Mottram around 11am yesterday to investigate a 999 call. As they approached the terraced house, a man reportedly emerged and fired 13 gunshots at the pair before hurling a grenade.

Bone is thought to have been shot in the head at point blank range, the Daily Mail reports. After the attack, the suspect is said to have jumped into a waiting BMW and been driven away by a woman.

A window cleaner who was working nearby said: "I just heard gun shots, bang, bang, bang - around ten of them, then a pause and a big explosion.

"I went around the back of the houses to see what happened and there was a police car that looked empty.

"One of my customers said, 'They've been shot! The police officers have been shot!'"

One of the police officers died at the scene and the other died later at Tameside Hospital. Police say they believe the pair were deliberately "drawn" to the house.

Shortly after the incident, Dale Cregan, who had been the subject of a manhunt following the murders of a father and his son, walked into Hyde police station, two miles away, and was detained by police.

Cregan, 29, is now being questioned about the murders of the policewomen, as well as those of 46-year-old David Short, who was killed at his home in August, and Mark Short, 23, who was shot dead in a pub in May. Police have confirmed that Cregan had been released on bail in June after being questioned over the pub shooting.

Ian Hanson, chairman of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, said: "What we've got are two young girls who went out this morning and they've got an absolute right to come home to their loved ones. This is cold-blooded murder, the slaughter of the innocents."

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