The son of one of the victims killed in the New Year's Day 2012 massacre in Horden, County Durham has spoken of his family's heartbreak.

It's a year to the day that Susan McGoldrick was killed by her partner Michael Atherton. Atherton also shot dead Susan's sister and niece Alison and Tanya Turnbull.

He then shot himself while others, including Susan's daughter Laura, fled from the house.

An IPCC report has been critical of why Atherton was allowed a gun licence despite having a history of physically abusing his partner, Susan, and threatening to shoot himself.

"I strongly believe he had planned to murder Susan and himself on New Years Day. I used to get told stories off my Mam of all the domestic violence all the threats. One of them was he dragged my Aunty Susan out of bed by her legs, dragged her downstairs and beat her up."

The family say they've been dreading the first anniversary of the three women's deaths.

"People say time is a healer, but it's not. It gets worse I think. I'd never want this to happen to anyone else and I wouldn't wish it on anyone."

An inquest into the deaths will be held in the Spring.