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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.
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.
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.
The IPCC said: "The report is highly critical of Durham Constabulary and publication of the IPCC's findings will take place after the inquests."
"We are unable to comment further on any specific findings at this stage."