Horden shootings report

An IPCC report has criticised Durham Police over the way they handled a man who killed three people, and then himself.

Durham Police statement

Durham Police have issued a statement following an IPCC investigation into the New Years Day shootings in Hordon in which they were criticised over the way they handled a man who killed three people, and then himself.

"We are aware that the IPCC has updated the victims’ families on the outcome of their investigation into firearms licencing decision-making in the case of Michael Atherton, and supplied them with their report.

"We've been informed by the IPCC that it is their recommendation that there are no criminal or misconduct cases to answer for any member of Durham Constabulary."

– Deputy Chief Constable Michael Banks, Durham Police

Police returned guns to Atherton

The IPCC has previously said that it was investigating Durham Police's decision to return shotguns to triple murderer Michael Atherton.

Earlier it revealed that its report is 'highly critical' of Durham Police, who knew that Atherton had a history of domestic violence.

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IPCC report looked into Atherton's guns

The critical IPCC report looked into why murderer Michael Atherton had a firearms licence, when he had a history of domestic violence.

Atherton shot Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull and her daughter Tanya Turnbull before turning the gun on himself in Horden, County Durham.