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Appeal to Dale Cregan following arrest of man in Manchester yesterday

September 3, 2012, 2:54 pm

Greater Manchester Police is today appealing for Dale Cregan to come forward following the arrest of a man in connection with the death of David Short.

A 33-year-old man was yesterday, Sunday 2 September 2012, arrested on suspicion of murder by armed police at a park in the Openshaw area and remains in police custody for questioning.

Police are now urging Dale Cregan to make contact with either a family member or trusted friend and come forward so the situation can be safely resolved.

Officers will also be now making visits to Cregan’s family and friends every few hours until he comes forward as the operation to locate him intensifies.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said: “For the past three weeks, we have been looking for Dale Cregan and with all the publicity in the media and the frenzy of activity in the Clayton and Droylsden areas he knows that too.

“Dale Cregan will also now know that yesterday we made a significant breakthrough concerning Anthony Wilkinson.

“He now knows that all those armed officers out on the streets are focused on looking solely for him. Public safety also demands that we visit Dale Cregans family and friends regularly until he reappears and there is a safe resolution. And Dale Cregan knows that he can and does have a safe way out of all this.

“Just like Wilkinson, I want to stress that Dale Cregan can have complete control over the situation he is in. All we want, genuinely, is to try and find a safe way to resolve this situation which has now been going on for more than three weeks. We dont want any stand-off, we dont want any drama, we just want to resolve this situation peacefully as we did yesterday.

“To do that it is up to Dale to come out of hiding and to do that he does have options open to him.

“He can call his solicitor, he can call a trusted friend or ally or he can make himself known to us.

“We must also not lose sight of the fact that Dale Cregan has a family who are worried sick about him and simply want to see him again. They are absolutely desperate just to see him safe. That is all we want too. Dale Cregan can give his family that peace of mind so I would urge him to contact someone he trusts, today, and work with us to find a peaceful way of sorting out this situation.”

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