Manchester police killings: Dale Cregan was on bail
A man suspected of killing two PCs in Greater Manchester was on bail over a fatal pub shooting, police have confirmed.
Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, were killed in a gun and grenade attack after apparently being lured to Mottram by a hoax burglary report.
Dale Cregan is being held on suspicion of their murders and two others.
In June, Mr Cregan, 29, was questioned over the shooting of Mark Short in a Manchester pub and released on bail.
Detectives are continuing to question Mr Cregan, previously described as Manchester's most wanted man, over the deaths of PCs Hughes and Bone.
The police constables had been sent to investigate what appeared to be a routine burglary report in Abbey Gardens, Mottram, on Tuesday morning when they were attacked with a gun and grenade.
Greater Manchester Police said it appeared they had been deliberately "drawn" to the scene.
A minute's silence for the officers was held earlier.
In a statement, Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said there had been insufficient evidence available to charge Mr Cregan over the pub shooting and he had to be released.
Mark Short, 23, was shot dead at the Cotton Tree pub in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, on 25 May. In June, Mr Cregan was arrested in connection with this death.
Sir Peter said: "It is absolutely normal in complex crime inquiries that when people are arrested there are occasions where there is insufficient evidence available for them to be charged.
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Dale Cregan 'lured PCs to their deaths', court hears
Dale Cregan denies murder
A fugitive lured police officers to him before shooting them repeatedly and then throwing a grenade at his victims, a court has heard.
Dale Cregan, 29, had evaded a nationwide manhunt when he set the trap, Preston Crown Court heard.
Mr Cregan denies killing PCs Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, in Hattersley, Greater Manchester last September.
He also denies the murders of David Short, 46, and his son, Mark, 23.
Mr Cregan appeared in court wearing a false left eye made of black onyx.
Mr Nicholas Clarke QC, prosecuting, said PCs Hughes and Bone were killed as they responded to a report of a burglary on the morning of 18 September.
Mr Clarke said: "[Cregan] lay in wait with a Glock firearm with an extended magazine that was fully loaded.
"PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes attended. As soon as they arrived Cregan, who was on the run, shot the officers repeatedly, until his magazine was empty.
"As he left the scene he again threw a grenade towards the victims."
'Son died in his arms'
At the time the officers were killed, Mr Cregan was on the run and a suspect in the shooting of Mark Short and his father David Short.
The court heard the pair had been targeted after Mr Cregan was recruited with his friend, and fellow accused, Leon Atkinson - whose family had a long-running feud with the Short family.
Mr Clarke told the jury that Mark Short was shot at the Cotton Tree pub in Droylsden, Manchester, on May 25 last year
"At the time that his son Mark was shot, David Short, the head of the Short family, was using the toilet," said Mr Clarke.
"Otherwise he himself would have been a target. His son died in his arms."
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