Horden gun killings inquiry details revealed

Victims of the New Year's Day shootings in Horden, from left, Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull and Tanya Turnbull.
Victims of the New Year's Day shootings in Horden, from left, Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull and Tanya Turnbull.
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DETAILS of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) investigation into the fatal shootings in Horden on New Year’s Day have been released.

 Shortly before midnight on Sunday, January 1, officers from Durham Constabulary were called to a house in Horden, near Peterlee, after reports of a shooting.

  The bodies of Susan McGoldrick, 47, Alison Turnbull, 44, Tanya Turnbull, 24 and Michael Atherton, 42, were found inside the house.

The terms of reference will include looking at all aspects of firearms licensing, focusing on the circumstances surrounding the granting of shotgun and firearms licences to Mr Atherton after his initial applications in 2007 and 2008.

 It will also involve examining any subsequent reviews of Mr Atherton’s licences by Durham Constabulary and information that was available to them about Mr Atherton’s background such as previous reports of domestic incidents.

 The investigation will look at the decision to return shotguns and firearms to Mr Atherton following their temporary removal in 2008 alongside the local and national policies.

 The IPCC will not be investigating the police response to the incident.