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Man shot by police in Cambridgeshire was 'lawfully killed'

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

A jury has found a man shot dead by police in Cambridgeshire was "lawfully killed" - after the father-of-three encouraged officers to fire.

Richard Davies died following the stand-off with armed police at his home in St Neots in October 2015.

The 41-year-old had learned his marriage was over, spent the day drinking, then tied up his children when armed police were called to his home.

Today, a jury in the inquest into his death found he had been killed lawfully and responded to three questions put to them by the coroner.

Question 1: Were there any errors or omissions in communication among the police?

Answer: No.

Question 2: Were there any errors or omissions in attempts made to negotiate?

Answer: No.

Had Richard Davies acted in a way to get police to shoot him?

Answer: Yes.

The jury added that, while it was unlikely to have affected the outcome, they "felt uncomfortable that telephone negotiations were not considered".

Officers tell inquest how they were shot at several times

Richard Davies Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man who took his three children hostage at St Neots in Cambridgeshire shot at firearms officers and goaded them before he was shot dead by police, an inquest heard.

Father-of-three Richard Davies had learned his marriage was over, spent the day drinking, then tied up his children when armed police were called to his home.

A firearms officer, referred to as F7, told Friday's hearing at Peterborough Town Hall that he heard a loud bang and saw a "muzzle flash" from a downstairs window as his police Audi Q7, crewed by him and a colleague, arrived at the property in Duck Lane, St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

"We both jumped out of our skin at that point," he said, adding: "It looked like it was coming towards our vehicle."

He said he and his colleague ducked for cover behind the Audi and Mr Davies fired two more shots from a downstairs window.

The scene at St Neots

After Mr Davies fired more shots the officers heard a report from a different gun. The inquest heard this was fired by officer I7.

Officer F7 said police broke down the door of the house and were inside within 60 seconds, trying to save Mr Davies's life.

They found him shirtless and bleeding from the shoulder on the property's landing, but he could not be saved and died of a single gunshot to the chest on October 21 2015.

The jury inquest continues.

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Post-mortem on elderly woman found dead in St Neots 'inconclusive'

Police were called to Poppyfields just outside St Neots around 5pm Credit: ITV News Anglia

A post-mortem examination on an 86-year-old woman found dead at a social housing site in St Neots has failed to establish a cause of death.

Jean Constant, who was 86, was found dead at Poppyfields in Chapman Way on Monday afternoon.

The post mortem, carried out at Peterborough City Hospital, failed to find a definitive cause of death and further tests and examinations will now be carried out.

An 87-year-old man from Eynesbury was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He's since been released on conditional bail until October 4.

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Man bailed over woman's death at St Neots home

The woman was found dead at Poppyfields at Chapman Way Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in St Neots has been released on bail.

Jean Constant, who was 86, was found dead at Poppyfields home in Chapman Way on Monday afternoon.

Police were alerted to the site after reports of "serious concerns for the safety of a man and a woman".

A post-mortem examination will be carried out later today.

The 87-year-old man is due to answer bail on October 4.

'We were terrified'- Resident describes shocking murder in St Neots

A local witness says he's terrified after a woman in her 80s was found dead at a sheltered housing site in Cambridgeshire.

Police were called to Poppyfields just outside St Neots around 5pm last night after 'serious concerns for the safety of a man and a woman.

An 87-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is now being questioned at Parkside police station in Cambridge.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out later.

We were terrified. We didn't know what was going on.

This is a very quiet area, very nice area.

It was just very shocking to us, to see all these police cars and after we read on the internet what happened, it was even more shocking.

– Richard Cviklovic, Local resident

Murder arrest after elderly woman found dead in St Neots

The woman was found in Chapman Way Credit: ITV News Anglia

An elderly man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in a house in Cambridgeshire.

Police were called to Eynesbury just outside St Neots after they were told there were "serious concerns" for the safety of a man and a woman in her 80s at around 5pm last night.

A police cordon is currently in place and officers say they're not looking for anybody else in connection with the incident.

A post mortem is likely to take place later today.

An 87-year-old man remains at Parkside Police Station in Cambridge.

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