Grieving son demands action against officers over shooting

Survivor of the Horden shootings, Bobby Turnbull

Survivor of the Horden shootings, Bobby Turnbull

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THE son of a Horden gun massacre victim has demanded police officers face disciplinary action.

Bobby Turnbull spoke out after a leaked report suggested warnings had been placed on Michael Atherton’s file about issuing his gun licence, but it was granted because it was thought he would win an appeal against a decision.

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Atherton went on to gun down partner Susan McGoldrick, 47, her sister and Bobby’s mum Alison Turnbull, 44, and Alison’s daughter Tanya Turnbull, 24.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report recommended no disciplinary action or misconduct procedures for Durham Police.

But Bobby, from West Street, Blackhall, who faces his 24th birthday next week without his mum and sister, said: “The bits of the report I have read just show mistake after mistake and missed opportunity after missed opportunity by the police.

“It plays on my mind that it’s all the police’s fault. It could have easily been avoided.

SUBM ITTED PIC From: Joanna Bamford 
Sent: 03 January 2012 16:03
[mailto:Joanna.Bamford@durham.pnn.police.uk] 
Gun tragedy in Greenside Avenue, Horden, Peterlee, Co Durham
*********TANYA TURNBULL-PICTURED*********
  
Subject: Peterlee shootings - pictures of victims [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED]
NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED
Attached are the pictures of the Peterlee shootings victims Susan McGoldrick, Tanya Turnbull and Alison Turnbull and suspect Michael Atherton along with a new statement.

Media and marketing team
661 2787
joanna.bamford@durham.pnn.police.uk
POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE PETERLEE SHOOTINGS

SUBM ITTED PIC From: Joanna Bamford Sent: 03 January 2012 16:03 [mailto:Joanna.Bamford@durham.pnn.police.uk] Gun tragedy in Greenside Avenue, Horden, Peterlee, Co Durham *********TANYA TURNBULL-PICTURED********* Subject: Peterlee shootings - pictures of victims [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED] NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED Attached are the pictures of the Peterlee shootings victims Susan McGoldrick, Tanya Turnbull and Alison Turnbull and suspect Michael Atherton along with a new statement. Media and marketing team 661 2787 joanna.bamford@durham.pnn.police.uk POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE PETERLEE SHOOTINGS

“I would like to see some discipline, whether it’s for one officer of the whole department.

“I know it won’t change anything, but it would make me feel a small amount better knowing someone’s been held to account.”

Atherton had been allowed to keep his guns despite domestic violence complaints and threatening to shoot himself in 2008.

But an astonishing report into the Greenside Avenue shootings is understood to have branded Durham Police’s failure to remove Atherton’s guns as “inexcusable” and “unacceptable”.

SUBM ITTED PIC From: Joanna Bamford 
Sent: 03 January 2012 16:03
[mailto:Joanna.Bamford@durham.pnn.police.uk] 
Gun tragedy in Greenside Avenue, Horden, Peterlee, Co Durham
*******SUSAN McGOLDRICK- PICTURED*******
  
Subject: Peterlee shootings - pictures of victims [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED]
NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED
Attached are the pictures of the Peterlee shootings victims Susan McGoldrick, Tanya Turnbull and Alison Turnbull and suspect Michael Atherton along with a new statement.

Media and marketing team
661 2787
joanna.bamford@durham.pnn.police.uk
POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE PETERLEE SHOOTINGS

SUBM ITTED PIC From: Joanna Bamford Sent: 03 January 2012 16:03 [mailto:Joanna.Bamford@durham.pnn.police.uk] Gun tragedy in Greenside Avenue, Horden, Peterlee, Co Durham *******SUSAN McGOLDRICK- PICTURED******* Subject: Peterlee shootings - pictures of victims [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED] NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED Attached are the pictures of the Peterlee shootings victims Susan McGoldrick, Tanya Turnbull and Alison Turnbull and suspect Michael Atherton along with a new statement. Media and marketing team 661 2787 joanna.bamford@durham.pnn.police.uk POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE PETERLEE SHOOTINGS

Durham’ Deputy Chief Constable Michael Banks said it would be inappropriate to comment further until after the inquest into the deaths. The IPCC would not comment.

Bobby has written to Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Damien Green, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett asking for a meeting to discuss his campaign on greater gun controls.

His petition is at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41060.

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