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Cumbrian police 'reasonably allowed' Bird firearms

A new report has concluded that Cumbria police acted correctly in granting and renewing firearms certificates to Derrick Bird, who shot dead 12 people and injured 11 others in Cumbria in June.

The author of the report, Assistant Chief Constable of Dorset, Adrian Whiting, said the only way to guarantee legally held firearms were not used in violent crime would be to ban them all.

He also said about 10% of firearm certificate holders in England, Wales and Scotland had criminal convictions.

  • 02 Nov 2010
  • From the section UK