Michael Atherton
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Coroner calls for gun reform after Horden shootings

A coroner has called for "root and branch" gun licensing reform after ruling three women shot in a house in County Durham were unlawfully killed.

Michael Atherton, 42, shot himself, his partner Susan McGoldrick, her sister Alison Turnbull and Ms Turnbull's daughter Tanya on New Year's Day 2012.

The inquest heard he legally owned weapons despite a history of domestic abuse. The police watchdog said Durham Police missed opportunities to assess him.

Danny Savage reports.

  • 08 Mar 2013