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Full Report: Conclusion of Horden Shootings inquest

A coroner has called for an overhaul of the way gun licences are granted at the conclusion of the inquest into the Horden shootings - where a taxi driver shot dead three people, as well as himself.

At the inquest in County Durham three verdicts of unlawful killing were recorded as well as one verdict of suicide.

The coroner said that the victims would not have died if more robust procedures had been in place for granting gun licences

You can watch the full report from Frances Read below.

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Coroner urges gun licensing changes at inquest

Taxi driver Michael Atherton shot dead three members of his family before killing himself. Credit: Durham Police

A coroner has called for "root and branch" changes to gun licensing at the conclusion of an inquest into a taxi driver who shot dead three members of his family before killing himself.

Andrew Tweddle said that with the current "flawed" system it was "fortuitous" there had not been more incidents like the one in Horden, near Peterlee, County Durham, on New Year's Day 2012.

Michael Atherton, 42, killed his partner, Susan McGoldrick, 47, her sister, Alison Turnbull, 44, and Ms Turnbull's daughter, Tanya, 24, before turning the gun on himself.

Mr Tweddle, sitting in Crook, reached a verdict that the women were unlawfully killed and that Atherton killed himself.

The inquest heard that Atherton, despite a history of domestic abuse and threats to self-harm, legally owned six weapons, including three shotguns.

The inquest also heard that there was no formal training for police officers involved in granting firearms licences.

For further coverage of this story visit ITV Tyne Tees.

MP calls on government to change gun license rules

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper is calling for the government to change gun license rules in the wake of the Horden shootings.

At the inquest into the shootings today the coroner called for ‘root and branch’ reform of gun licensing - a call echoed by MP Yvette Cooper.

Michael Atherton held a firearm license, despite having a history of domestic violence and previously having had his guns taken off him by police, and went on to shoot three members of the same family before turning the gun on himself.

“The Coroner’s call for ‘root and branch’ reform of gun licensing should be acted upon by the Home Secretary.

“When I met with Bobby Turnbull earlier this year to discuss his campaign after the tragedy that hit his family, it was clear there needs to tighter restrictions on gun ownership - especially if someone has a history of domestic abuse.

"Atherton should never have been given a gun.

“What the Turnbull family have had to go through is harrowing and I pay tribute to them for taking this campaign forward."

– Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary

“Men with a history of domestic violence should not be allowed to own guns. The guidance on domestic violence in the gun licensing framework is far too weak and much stronger action is needed.

"And police forces need to make sure licensing is done properly and that any complaints or intelligence over domestic violence are taken seriously - they shouldn't just wait until someone has been convicted before they withdraw a gun licence.

"No one should die in circumstances like this. To protect women's safety, gun licence rules should be changed now."

– Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary
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