Published: 12/02/2013 15:10 - Updated: 12/02/2013 15:52

Murder accused changes plea

DALE Cregan has now admitted the murder of two police officers.

Dale Cregan admits murder of police officers.
Dale Cregan admits murder of police officers.

One of his victims was PC Fiona Bone (32), who grew up in Moray.

Cregan had originally denied murdering PC Bone and colleague Nicola Hughes (23) in a gun and grenade attack at Mottram in Manchester on September 18 last year.

Cregan still denies the murders of father and son David Short (46), Mark (23) in May and August last year.

There are nine other co-accused in that case, which is continuing at Preston Crown Court.

PC Bone was a former pupil of Hopeman Primary School and lived in Duffus for a number of years while her father served in the RAF. She had been due to marry her long term partner.

She lived in Duffus with her sister, Vicky, and parents, Paul and June, for over 10 years. Friends from that time told ‘The Scot’ last year how they were devastated by her death.

Christine Whitton (37) grew up alongside the Bone sisters. All the girls were pupils at Hopeman Primary. Christine’s brother, Robert, was also good friends with the girls.

“They were such a gentle family, and I can’t imagine what they must be going through, ­especially their dad, Paul, who doted on his girls," she told 'The Scot' at the time of her death.

Paul was a serviceman at RAF Kinloss at the time while his wife, June, is originally from Forres. It is understood she still has family in the town.

“If my mum and dad had to go somewhere I would be left with Paul and June, and vice-versa. My mum was very close to the kids, and was devastated when they left.”

“The only thing I can say about the person who did this is he is a coward. He knew they would be unarmed and would be helpless,” she added.

Fiona Bone lived life to the full.
Fiona Bone lived life to the full.

Heather Inglis was school secretary at Hopeman for 17 years and also lived close to the family in Duffus.

“Fiona was such a happy girl, cheery and always smiling. It is shocking the manner it was done, drawn in and gunned down. Fiona was such a popular girl at school and very friendly,” added Heather.

The family left Moray soon ­after Fiona started at Lossiemouth High, moving ­initially to Castle Donington and then the Isle of Man, where her father took a job as an airport ground engineer.

Fiona joined Greater Manchester Police in 2007 and lived in Sale with her partner, Clare Curran (39), and Clare’s daughter Jessie (5).

The couple, who had been together for three years, were busily planning their civil partnership ceremony and had been discussing the wedding invitations only hours before PC Bone was murdered.

In a statement at the time, her family said: "We have lost a wonderful daughter, sister, partner and parent to Jessie.

“Fiona enjoyed life to the full from her days with the Air Training Corps, rugby at university, to her service with the police.

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