Manchester

Dale Cregan: Police killer's mother denies conspiracy charge

Dale Cregan's mother has pleaded not guilty to causing a police call handler to disclose confidential information.

Anita Cregan, 56, Greater Manchester Police worker Kathryn Smith, 25 and her boyfriend Sean Booth, 30 all denied the charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

Ms Smith and Mr Booth also pleaded not guilty at Manchester Crown Court to theft and drug offences.

A trial has been set for 11 December at the same court.

Mrs Cregan and Mr Booth appeared via video link from Styal women's prison and HMP Manchester. They were remanded in custody after being refused bail.

Ms Smith, who was granted bail at an earlier hearing, has been suspended from the force 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 in June for the murders of PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone and of father and and son David and Mark Short.

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