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County Durham family speak of their murder ordeal

The family of three women shot dead last new year by violent drunk Michael Atherton have spoken to BBC Inside Out about their ordeal on the night of the murders.

They are critical of Durham Police and are campaigning to prevent others suffering a similar ordeal.

The family says that despite his history of domestic violence, Atherton was allowed to keep his guns at the family home in Horden in County Durham.

They have been describing what happened on the night of the tragedy.

While the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it found no evidence to warrant criminal or disciplinary action against any member of Durham Police, it said the force knew of "a number of incidents" which "should have cast doubt" on Atherton's suitability to hold firearms.

BBC Inside Out North East and Cumbria is broadcast on Monday, 19 November on BBC One at 19:30 GMT and nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter.

  • 19 Nov 2012
  • From the section England