5 years on: Police Constables Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were killed by Dale Cregan

The heroic officers were killed in a gun and grenade ambush while responding to a report of a burglary in Greater Manchester on September 18 2012.

Monday, 18th September 2017, 12:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 11:55 am
Pc Fiona Bone (left) and Pc Nicola Hughes
Pc Fiona Bone (left) and Pc Nicola Hughes

Cregan, 29, pleaded guilty to murdering former UCLan student Pc Fiona Bone, 32, and Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, during his trial at Preston Crown Court.

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He went on the run days before he killed David Short in August 2012 after he gunned down his son, Mark, in a pub in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, three months earlier.

Here's how we covered the story at the time:

Dale Cregan admits murdering policewomenArmed police on city streetsPolice killer Dale Cregan will never be releasedUCLan pays tribute to shot WPCStone laid in tribute to Fiona Bone​The manhunt reached a ghastly conclusion on September 18 when he lured the unarmed constables with a bogus 999 call to a house in Abbey Gardens in Hattersley.