Dale Cregan: Killer's mother on conspiracy charge

The mother of police killer Dale Cregan and a police call handler have both been charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Anita Cregan, 56, and Kathryn Smith, 25, who works for Greater Manchester Police (GMP), were remanded in custody by magistrates.

A third defendant Sean Booth, 30, was also remanded in custody on the same charge.

All three will appear at Manchester Crown Court on 28 June.

A GMP spokesperson said Ms Smith had been suspended since 8 September 2012. An internal investigation has opened and will be completed once the criminal case is dealt with.

Dale Cregan was given a whole life sentence on Thursday for the murders of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone and of father and and son David and Mark Short.

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