A man accused of the murders of two policewomen killed in a gun and grenade is to appear in court via videolink.

Dale Cregan, 29, of no fixed address, is accused of the murders of Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, and Pc Fiona Bone, 32, who died last Tuesday after they responded to a report of a burglary in Hattersley, Greater Manchester.

A heavy security presence surrounded his first court appearance before a district judge at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Friday when he was remanded in custody.

The Honorary Recorder of Manchester, Judge Andrew Gilbart QC, will preside over a preliminary hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Monday morning in front of counsel for the prosecution and defence.

Cregan will appear in the courtroom on a videolink screen from HMP Manchester. It is expected a date will be set for a plea and case management hearing.

Cregan is also charged with the murders of David Short, 46, and his son, Mark, 23.

Mark Short died from a gunshot wound to his neck while playing pool when a gunman entered the Cotton Tree Inn in Market Street, Droylsden, Tameside, on May 25.

Cregan is also accused of the attempted murders of Michael Belcher, Ryan Pridding and John Short, who were in the pub at the time.

Eleven weeks later, on August 10, the victim's father David Short died in a grenade and gun attack on his home in Folkestone Road East, in Clayton, Manchester.

Less than 10 minutes later on the same day there was another grenade explosion less than half-a-mile away in Luke Road, Droylsden. Cregan faces a further allegation of the attempted murder of Sharon Hark arising from the incidents on that day.