Dale Cregan
Dale Cregan - GMP

Police shooting suspect Dale Cregan has been remanded in custody until 24 after appearing at Manchester Magistrates' court charged with four counts of murder.

Cregan, 29, is charged with murdering police officers Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, in a gun and grenade attack on 18 September. He is also accused of killing 46-year-old David Short and his 23-year-old son Mark, who died in separate incidents over the summer.

Mark Short died due to gunshot wounds sustained in a Droylesden pub in May, while his father's body was found in their house in Folkestone Road East, Clayton, after an explosion in August. The murders are thought to be fallout of a family feud.

Aside from the four murder charges, Cregan stands accused of the attempted murders of Michael Belcher, Ryan Pridding and John Short on 25 May and Sharon Hark on 10 August.

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, announced Cregan's charges, adding: "The tragic events this week in which Police Constables Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes lost their lives in the line of duty have shocked and appalled the whole country.

"I would like to take this opportunity to express my sympathies to their families, friends and to all their colleagues in Greater Manchester Police on their very sad loss."

The police have arrested another man suspected of conspiracy to commit murder. Stephen Garvey, 28, is in custody and is still being questioned by police.