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…

In his inquest judgement, (The coroner Andrew Tweddle ) described the deaths as “avoidable”. He said: “The systemic shortcomings highlighted by me  today lead me to conclude that, on a balance of probabilities, the four deceased would not have died when they did in the manner in which they did had there been robust, clear and accountable procedures in place.”

Nicholas Long from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said:  “Not only did the IPCC investigation uncover a wanton lack of intrusive inquiries by Durham Constabulary, it also identified poor practices which reflect woeful record keeping.

“While some of the failings were down to individuals, the underlying issue was Durham Constabulary’s lack of adequate systems and safeguards.”

Read more: BBC News, March 8, 2013

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