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Coroner calls for gun reform after Horden shootings

A coroner has called for "root and branch" gun licensing reform after ruling three women shot in a house in County Durham were unlawfully killed.

Michael Atherton, 42, shot his partner Susan McGoldrick, her sister Alison Turnbull, Ms Turnbull's daughter Tanya and himself, on New Year's Day 2012.

The inquest heard he legally owned weapons despite a history of domestic abuse.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has criticised Durham Constabulary - saying it had inadequate safeguards.

Danny Savage reports.

  • 08 Mar 2013
  • From the section UK
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