Cold-blooded killer Dale Cregan was told today he will die in prison for the murders of two unarmed policewomen and a father and son.
Cregan, 30, described by Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy as a "scourge on our society", was given a whole life sentence at Preston Crown Court by Mr Justice Holroyde QC at the end of a trial which laid bare the sheer brutality of Manchester's underworld.
One-eyed Cregan was already on the run for the murders of David Short, 46, and son Mark, 23, when he killed policewomen Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, in a horrifying gun and grenade attack.
Sentencing Cregan, Mr Justice Holroyde said he had "acted with pre-meditated savagery" in the "quite appalling" murders.
"You, Cregan, drew those two officers into a calculated trap for the sole purpose of murdering them in cold blood," he said.