Police killer boasts led to drink arrest

Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A Blackpool man boasted to police that he knew what had driven jailed police killer Dale Cregan to commit his terrible crimes.

Bar worker and amateur criminal psychologist Liam Melrose had been drinking before he approached a police officer on duty in the town centre, a court was told.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard how the officer was not impressed by Melrose’s observations about Cregan, who was jailed for life for the murder of two police officers in Greater Manchester.

The officer realised Melrose, of Hawes Side Lane, Marton, was drunk and arrested him.

Melrose admitted being drunk and disorderly and was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 court costs by magistrates.

The defendant told magistrates:”I think the policeman has taken this the wrong way. I have been studying Cregan.

“I was drunk yes but I was basically provoked.”

On 25 May 2012, Cregan shot dead Mark Short, 23, in the Cotton Tree pub in Droylsden. In the same incident, he tried to kill three other men. On August 10, he killed Mark’s father David Short, 46, at David’s house in Clayton by shooting him and throwing a hand grenade at him.

On September 18 last year, Cregan made a hoax emergency call to the police. Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, constables serving with Greater Manchester Police, were mobilised to Cregan’s call in Hattersley. When they arrived, Cregan shot them and threw an M75 hand grenade at them.

Both officers were hit by at least eight bullets as Cregan fired 32 shots in 31 seconds.

He later handed himself in at a police station, admitting to killing Hughes and Bone.

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