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Young dentist killed by 'ketamine cocktail' could have been saved if she'd got help

A young dentist who died after taking a 'cocktail' of ketamine and heroin could have been saved if she had got medical help sooner.

Mariam Ali Shaabam Hussain Khesroh, 24, a Leeds student from Kuwait, was found dead in Harrogate in April 2013.

She will never know that she passed her final exams.

The inquest heard that the drugs had contributed to Mariam’s death and that it could have been avoided if she'd got help sooner.

But instead, Mariam was dragged behind a building and left by the bins.

Assistant Coroner for North Yorkshire, Geoff Fell recorded a verdict of misadventure on 26 February.

I was dismayed to hear a number of witnesses talk in a blasé way about the use of ketamine as a ‘party’ drug. This drug is a horse tranquiliser and unfortunately the misuse of this drug has contributed to the death of Mariam.

I would strongly urge against the use of illegal drugs. If anybody does use them and suffers any adverse affect, especially and in particular with laboured breathing, they need immediate emergency medical assistance. In that situation ring 999 and ask for an ambulance. You could save a life.

Her death could have been avoided and this is a waste of a talented young life.

– Det Sgt Steve Menzies, Harrogate CID

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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.

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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Family of Horden victims give statement on inquest verdict

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.

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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.

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