Cop killer Dale Cregan moves from category A prison to psychiatric hospital where he once bragged of 'cushy life'

COP killer Dale Cregan has reportedly been moved back into a psychiatric hospital where he once bragged he had an cushy life.

One-eyed drug lord Cregan once wrote a letter boasting aboutmaking pizza, playing pool and getting "ripped" at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.

Cregan, 37, has now reportedly been shipped to the maximum security hospital under armed guard, reports the Daily Mirror.

The cop killer was moved 100 miles from his category A prison cell at HMP Full Sutton in York.

The move has taken place despite him bragging to a pal about his cushy life in a letter he wrote back in 2016.

He even boasted about "paddling in a kayak" in a swimming pool and "playing snooker" as he seemed to enjoy life on the ward.

Sources previously described his lifestyle at the hospital as like a "holiday camp".

Ashworth Hospital has previously housed criminals such as Moors murderer Ian Brady, and Britain's most infamous prisoner Charles Bronson.

Cregan was given a whole life order after a murder spree in which he killed two police officers and two gangland rivals.

Insiders accused the thug of "playing the game" to get away from Full Sutton, which contains some of the country's most vile prisoners.

It currently houses Jeremy Bamber, who committed the White House Farm murders, Sunderland Strangler serial killer Steven Grieveson, and failed terrorist Omar Khyam.

Boasting about his previous Ashworth stay, Cregan said: "I’m good bro just smashing the gym and playing snooker you know how it goes.

"Been doin pure circuits on the ward. You know you got your a**e kicked at snooker and tennis you had me at the kayaking tho bro (ha ha).”

"I’m on normal gym now, been training with and they both seem sound.

“I just train hard and come back to the ward and either do a bit on the ward or just chill in my room."


He added: "It’s not ideal but it beats sitting on the block miles from home innit bro. Gym, phone call and a visit and I’m happy brother.

"I’ve got a none tooled catering session now my doctor said me and knives don’t mix, so I couldn’t get on the proper ones.

"Looking forward to making a pizza that will be my treat every week.

“I’m only 12st 3 now bro fit and pretty ripped I’ll be in sick shape in the next 6 weeks bro.”

Sources previously condemned Cregan's stays at Ashworth, saying the gangster had done "everything he could" to "force" a move the hospital.

Speaking in 2018, an insider: "When he eventually moved there every day was like a holiday camp for him and he lapped it up."

It costs around £300,000 a year to house each patient in Ashworth.

Cregan was first moved to Ashworth in 2013 after he went on a hunger strike and was judged mentally ill.

He was declared sane in 2018 and then was shipped back to prison at Full Sutton.

For Cregan to be transferred back to Ashworth he would need the backing of two independent psychiatrists.

Cregan murdered two gangland rivals – Mark Short, 23, and his dad David, 46, in Manchester in 2012 before going on the run.

He then lured Greater Manchester Police’s PCs Fiona Bone, 31, and Nicola Hughes, 23, to his bolt-hole and launched a gun and grenade ambush on them.

The sicko killed both unarmed officers in cold blood – throwing a hand grenade at their bodies – in a double murder that shocked Britain.

His crimes earned him a rare full life tariff, reserved for only the most vile criminals such as "Grindr Killer" Stephan Port, Lee Rigby's killer Michael Adebolajo, and The Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe.

Speaking after he was jailed, Ian Hanson, chairman of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, said: "

I have no problem whatsoever with the thought of him staring through one eye at a locked cell door wondering what kind of life he is missing and after he has stopped being a drain on society he can rot in hell.

“Dale Cregan wanted to be a big man, a hero. He has completely failed to become anything like that.

“Contrast that with what Nicola and Fiona leave us. Their legacy is one of decency, humanity, compassion and public service and they will never be forgotten.”

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