Lured to Their Deaths: Caging a Killer: Inside Story of the Murders That Shocked the Nation (BOK)
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Two Greater Manchester Police Officers, PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, went to answer a 999 call in the suburb of Mottram in Longdendale, near Hyde. It appeared to be a standard job, the kind of emergency call made, and responded to, a thousand times a day all over the country. However, this 999 call would have deadly consequences as Dale Cregan, a Manchester villain already wanted for the double murder of a father and son, was lying in wait. He sprung a deadly gun and grenade attack, callously murdering both defenceless police officers in less than 60 seconds before fleeing the scene. Manchester Evening News crime reporter John Scheerhout covered the case from the very beginning and this book reveals how and why Cregan committed the horrific murders, and lifts the lid on the full background to a case that stunned and appalled a nation. Lured To Their Deaths reveals the reason why Cregan held such a grudge against Manchester gangster David Short and his son Mark, how he decided those two had to die and why he then ruthlessly killed PCs Hughes and Bone as his reigh of terror came to a tragic conclusion. Featuring interviews with members of Greater Manchester Police, Scheerhout takes the reader from the very beginning up to and including Cregan - and his cohorts' - conviction and sentencing. PCs Hughes and Bone will never be forgotten by a grateful public who know realise and understand just how fragile, and deadly, the Thin Blue Line can be. Lured To Their Deaths helps to highlight and underline that. It is a book dedicated to demonstrating the bravery and brilliance of the officers on display that day - and the courage and resilience of those who have been left to mourn the senseless death of two young female officers with everything to live for.