Life for man who murdered PC Fiona Bone

PC Fiona Bone, left, and PC Nicola Hughes
PC Fiona Bone, left, and PC Nicola Hughes

A man has been jailed for life for four murders, including that of PC Fiona Bone, a former Long Eaton Air Cadet.

PC Bone and her colleague PC Nicola Hughes were was killed by Dale Cregan when on duty in Greater Manchester in May 2012. He pleaded guilty to their murders during a trial at Preston Crown Court this week, and also admitted murdering father and son David and Mark Short.

Fiona Bone had joined 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron of the Air Training Corps in 1994 when living in Castle Donington. She was an active member of the squadron for three years, leaving in 1997 when her family moved to the Isle of Man.

Her father, Paul, was also with the squadron during that period as a Civilian Instructor. Speaking after the sentencing, he said he had been told “it gets easier in time but at this moment, every Tuesday lunchtime is difficult as that is when our lives changed forever”.

Passing a whole-life sentence at Preston Crown Court, Mr Justice Holroyde QC said Cregan had “a cold-blooded and ruthless determination to end the lives of PCs Bone and Hughes”.

Following her death last year Long Eaton Air Cadets observed a minute’s silence and flew their flag at half mast in a mark of respect for PC Bone.

Speaking at the time, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing of which Long Eaton Squadron is part, said: “The Air Cadet Organisation is a close knit community and it is always sad to hear of the death of a cadet either current or past.”