1. ITV Report

Horden Shootings - Remembering Susan, Tanya & Alison

The family of the victims of the New Year's Day Shootings in County Durham say they need help from everyone in the region as the first anniversary of their deaths approaches.

On January 1st this year, taxi driver Michael Atherton shot dead his ex-partner Susan McGoldrick, her sister Alison Turnbull as well as Alison's daughter Tanya. He then turned the gun on himself.

Alison's son Bobby Turnbull was out with his friends when he heard three members of his family had been killed.

He told ITV News:

"To be honest I don't think it has sunk in yet. I don't think it ever will.

Until I got the phone call, it was like any other new year.

At first I just answered the phone and was told "Bobby your Mam's been shot" and then it just sunk in.

I knew where my Mam was and basically I knew who'd done it."

– Bobby Turnbull

Alison and Susan's sister Mavis Foster says the next few weeks will be a difficult time for the family.

They now say they need help from everyone this Christmas so they can change the gun laws.

They've started a petition to stop people getting a gun licence if they've been in trouble with the police.

"We do need public support on this.

If we can stop just one more family going through these same tragic circumstances it would mean the world to us our three girls would be so proud."

– Mavis Foster

You can sign the petition here.

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