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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.
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.
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 family of Michael Atherton have released a statement following an inquest into the Horden shootings.
The statement was read out by Detective Sergeant Dave Wilkes of Durham Constabulary.
IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long has read out a statement from the police watchdog about its findings of Durham Constabulary's handling of firearm licensing following the Horden Shootings.
The inquest into the Horden shootings, which took place on New Year's Day last year, has recorded three verdicts of unlawful killing, and that the gunman took his own life.
The Coroner has also called for an urgent review into how guns are licensed.
Watch the lunchtime update from Frances Read below.
Bobby Turnbull, son, brother and nephew of the Horden shooting victims, has read out a statement from the family following today's inquest verdict.
Taxi driver Michael Atherton shot dead his ex-partner Susan McGoldrick, her sister Alison Turnbull and Alison's daughter Tanya, before turning the gun on himself.
The coroner has recorded three verdicts of unlawful killing, and that the gunman took his own life.
Watch the family's statement below.
The Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz MP, says it is essential that lessons are learned from the Horden Shootings.
Coroner rules that Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull and Tanya Turnbull, Michael Atherton's three victims were unlawfully killed. He recorded a verdict of Suicide for Atherton.
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