Thirty years since the Hungerford tragedy

Saturday marks 30 years since Michael Ryan killed 16 people in Hungerford. He wounded a further 15 before turning the gun on himself.

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The community that came together in the face of unbelievable tragedy

It was unthinkable. A man, shooting people at random and killing them on the streets of a quiet market town in Berkshire. His mother was one of 16 victims.

To the outside world it became the Hungerford massacre - to those in the town it was 'a tragedy' - and this weekend marks 30 years since it happened. Michael Ryan - a loner - obsessed with guns ....

It began in the Savernake Forest in Wiltshire - and ended in Hungerford where he killed himself. Some victims knew him, while others were complete strangers.

In an exclusive reports, Rachel Hepworth looks at how the community came together - in the face of unbelievable tragedy


Entrepreneur describes how he employed Hungerford killer Michael Ryan

No one knows why Michael Ryan did what he did - not the real motive. It's been suggested that he was suffering from schizophrenia or psychosis. But, did he really mean to kill his mother, who he was close to?

We do know he was severely affected by the death of his father Alfred - from cancer - two years before his killing spree.

He was employed by Peter de Savary, a business entrepreneur, who has not spoken publicly about what happened - until now.

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