An inquest into the Horden shootings in County Durham is due to start today. On New Year's day last year Michael Atherton shot dead his partner as well as two other members of her family - before killing himself. The inquest will look into the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
The coroner has ruled that the deaths of three members of the same family, and their shooter, could have been avoided.
An inquest has heard how a man who went on to kill three members of his family before turning the gun on himself had been warned by police.
The inquest into the deaths of a man who shot himself and three members of his family on New Years Day 2012 has been taking place today.