Anniversary of Horden Shootings

On 1st January 2012, Michael Atherton took out his gun and shot three members of his family before turning the gun on himself.

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Full Report: Family speak of continuing heartbreak

A family have spoken of their heartbreak on the first anniversary of tragic shootings.

On New Year's Day 2012 a taxi driver from Horden near Peterlee shot his partner dead.

He then killed her sister and niece, before turning the gun on himself.

The victims' family are campaigning to change the gun laws and have thanked the public for their support.

Watch the full report from Frances Read below.

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Family's plea after Horden shootings

On January 1st this year a taxi driver, Michael Atherton, shot dead his partner Susan McGoldrick.

He then killed her sister Alison Turnbull and Alison's daughter Tanya before finally turning the gun on himself.

Susan's daughter Laura managed to escape from the house wounded but alive.

It was later found that police had taken Atherton's gun licence after he'd threatened to harm himself. A report from the Independent Police Complaints Commission has also criticised the police for allowing him to get the guns back.

Now, the family say they need help from everyone in the region this Christmas so that the gun laws can be changed.

You can watch the full report from Frances Read below.

Sign the family's petition here.

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