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Seven-year-old Toni-Ann Byfield.

1996-2003

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/aug/05/ukcrime.ukguns

http://www.guardian.co.uk/gun/Story/0,,1837838,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/gun/Story/0,,1837816,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/gun/Story/0,,1837557,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/gun/Story/0,,1813605,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,2763,1589818,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/gun/Story/0,2763,1042184,00.html

http://society.guardian.co.uk/children/story/0,1074,1047227,00.html

http://society.guardian.co.uk/children/story/0,1074,1043771,00.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/sep/16/ukguns.hughmuir 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metropolitan police ad        Trident campaign        added 30.9.2005

https://www.met.police.uk/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gun violence in Britain

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/sep/13/
ukguns

 

 

 

 

London > Peckham

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/feb/07/
ukguns.vikramdodd 

 

 

 

 

Manchester / Gunchester

 

 

 

 

gun crime

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gun-crime 

 

 

 

 

gun crime culture

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/aug/30/
ukguns.owenbowcott

 

 

 

 

inner-city gun crime

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2005/apr/17/
features.magazine27 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

firearm

 

 

 

 

 

firearms crackdown

 

 

 

 

 

gun

 

 

 

 

gunshot

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/06/
london-shooting-boy-17-dies-in-southwark-incident

 

 

 

 

 

gun

 

 

 

 

 

gun down

 

 

 

 

be shot dead

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/06/
london-shooting-boy-17-dies-in-southwark-incident

 

 

 

 

 

gunman

 

 

 

 

 

gun crime

 

 

 

 

 

gun violence

http://digital.guardian.co.uk/guardian/2005/02/22/pages/brd15.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

gun culture

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2004/may/28/
schools.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

gun attack

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/21/
local-man-in-his-20s-shot-dead-in-wolverhampton

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/jun/05/
ukguns.uknews2 

 

 

 

 

 

point a gun at N

 

 

 

 

 

gun down

 

 

 

 

 

pistol

 

 

 

 

 

Beretta 9000S pistol

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/25/
gun-seized-merseyside-most-criminally-used-firearm-britain

 

 

 

 

 

pistol-whip

 

 

 

 

 

gunshot

 

 

 

 

 

handgun

 

 

 

 

 

gunbattle

 

 

 

 

 

gunfight

 

 

 

 

 

gun control

 

 

 

 

shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

British gun laws

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/jun/03/
uk-gun-laws-cumbrian-tragedy

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/03/cumbria-shootings-theresa-may-gun-laws-review

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/03/british-gun-laws-cumbria-shootings

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/
uks-gun-laws-are-among-the-toughest-in-the-world-1990075.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7798318/
Cumbria-shootings-puts-spotlight-on-Britains-gun-laws.html

 

 

 

 

 

firearms legislation

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/jun/03/
uk-gun-laws-cumbrian-tragedy 

 

 

 

 

 

gun ownership

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7798318/
Cumbria-shootings-puts-spotlight-on-Britains-gun-laws.html 

 

 

 

 

 

be granted / be refused a gun license / firearms license

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/killer-held-gun-licence-for-20-years-1990349.html

 

 

 

 

 

be licensed to carry guns

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7799921/
Cumbria-shootings-killer-Derrick-Bird-licensed-to-carry-guns.html

 

 

 

 

 

gun control

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/jun/03/
gun-control-cumbria-shootings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

weapon

 

 

 

 

 

murder weapon

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/dec/16/
rhys-jones-supergrass 

 

 

 

 

 

automatic weapon

 

 

 

 

 

offensive weapon

 

 

 

 

 

assault weapon

 

 

 

 

 

AK-47

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/jun/25/
ukguns.armstrade 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/feb/17/
terrorism.religion

 

 

 

 

rifle

 

 

 

 

 

bullet

 

 

 

 

 

stray bullet

 

 

 

 

 

raked by bullets

 

 

 

 

 

hit

 

 

 

 

sniper

 

 

 

 

open fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taser / stun gun

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/aug/15/
man-dies-taser-shooting-by-police-in-telford-west-mercia

 

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/sep/10/
taser-usage-increased-england-and-wales-statistics

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/jul/14/
police-tasers-cardiac-arrest-warnings

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/aug/24/
man-dies-taser-arrest-bolton 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/jun/16/
police-shoot-man-with-taser  

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/may/16/
ukcrime1 

 

 

 

 

taser

 

 

 

 

 

be tasered

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/oct/19/
dale-farm-eviction-police-taser 

 

 

 

 

air gun

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/mar/04/
ukguns 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Beccan

The Guardian        p. 3        11 October 2004

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/oct/16/ukguns 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/oct/15/ukguns.ukcrime 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/oct/15/ukguns.rosiecowan 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/oct/13/ukguns.helencarter 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/oct/12/ukcrime.ukguns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shoot

 

 

 

 

shoot someone at point blank range

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7798428/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Bird-shot-victims-at-point-blank-range.html

 

 

 

 

shooting

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jan/07/
police-very-concerned-spate-shootings-greater-manchester

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/08/
newport-shooting-man-woman-injured

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/sep/14/
ukguns.samjones

 

 

 

 

Cumbria shootings        June 2010

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/cumbria-shootings

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/09/cumbria-shootings-memorial-services

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/08/cumbria-shootings-victims-funerals

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/something-inside-birdy-1992482.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7806422/
Cumbria-gunman-Derrick-Bird-watched-violent-film-before-killings.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7806341/
Cumbria-gunman-Derrick-Bird-100-hours-and-10-steps.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7806343/
Did-Cumbria-gunman-Derrick-Bird-go-on-dry-run-before-killing-spree.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7805711/
Cumbria-gunman-Derrick-Bird-facing-tax-investigation-police-confirm.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/7804285/
Cumbria-shootings-nine-year-old-witness-to-Mike-Pike-being-shot.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/
police-reveal-how-the-killer-stayed-one-step-ahead-of-them-1992083.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/04/cumbria-shooting-police-criticism

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/04/cumbria-shootings-derrick-bird-feared-jail-tax

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/03/cumbria-shootings-derrick-bird 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/06/04/
cumbria-shootings-5-big-questions-raised-by-killings-115875-22307665/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/06/04/
cumbria-shootings-walking-in-the-footsteps-of-pure-evil-115875-22307669/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/06/04/
cumbria-gunman-derrick-bird-had-desire-for-victims-to-be-disfigured-115875-22307663/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/7798162/
Cumbria-shootings-and-gunman-Derrick-Bird-in-pictures.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7802988/
Cumbria-shootings-David-Cameron-meets-survivors-of-Derrick-Birds-rampage.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7802973/Cumbria-shootings-all-12-victims-formally-identified.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7802253/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Bird-had-family-row-night-before-killing-spree-admits-relative.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/
the-grievances-and-grudges-that-drove-derrick-bird-over-the-edge-1991093.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-meets-gun-rampage-survivors-1991575.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/
leslie-carricksmith-community-spirit-will-be-invaluable-for-those-coping-with-the-shooting-trauma-1991098.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/03/police-cumbrian-random

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/03/cumbria-shootings-theresa-may-gun-laws-review

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/03/cumbria-police-handle-investigation

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jun/03/uk-gun-laws-cumbrian-tragedy

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/blog/2010/jun/03/cumbria-shootings-ukcrime

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/03/cumbria-shootings-theresamay

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/02/derrick-bird-profile-cumbria-gunman

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/03/british-gun-laws-cumbria-shootings

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/03/cumbria-victims

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/02/derrick-bird-neighbours-happy-man

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jun/03/gun-control-cumbria-shootings

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/06/03/
derrick-bird-killings-feud-over-will-may-have-sparked-gun-massacre-115875-22306684/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/how-the-cumbria-guns-massacre-unfolded-1990681.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/second-coronation-st-episode-postponed-1990647.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/mother-stunned-at-sons-murder-rampage-1990349.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/killer-held-gun-licence-for-20-years-1990349.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/
keith-ashcroft-a-simmering-anger-fuelled-by-low-selfesteem-and-paranoia-1990076.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/
michael-mccarthy-echoes-of-the-day-horror-was-visited-on-hungerford-1990077.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7800214/
Cumbria-shootings-Survivors-tell-of-encounters-with-Derrick-Bird-in-Whitehaven.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7801618/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Birds-grudges-against-massacre-victims.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7800731/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Bird-lay-in-wait-for-solicitor-before-killing-him.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7798513/
Cumbria-shootings-gunman-Derrick-Bird-kills-12-then-shoots-himself.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7798428/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Bird-shot-victims-at-point-blank-range.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7798892/
Woman-and-son-murdered-in-Derbyshire-village.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7798589/
Cumbria-shooting-offers-no-lessons-for-the-future.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/7798582/
Cumbria-shootings-gunman-Derrick-Bird-kills-12-then-shoots-himself.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7799999/
Cumbria-shootings-unanswered-questions.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7799167/
Cumbria-gunman-profile-of-Derrick-Bird.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7798318/
Cumbria-shootings-puts-spotlight-on-Britains-gun-laws.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7799242/
Cumbria-shootings-murder-and-mayhem-shatter-peace-in-the-land-of-Wordsworth.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7800086/Cumbria-killing-map-of-Derrick-Birds-victims.html

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/
Twelve-Killed-After-Gunman-Derrick-Bird-Goes-On-Shooting-Rampage-In-Cumbria
/Article/201006115642129?lpos=UK_News_Carousel_Region_0&lid
=ARTICLE_15642129_Twelve_Killed_After_Gunman_Derrick_Bird_Goes_On_Shooting_Rampage_In_Cumbria

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/06/02/
cumbria-gunman-twelve-dead-after-taxi-driver-goes-on-shooting-rampage-115875-22303730/ 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/02/gunman-sought-person-shot-dead-whitehaven
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/02/cumbria-shootings-slaughter-countryside-derrick-bird
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/02/cumbria-shootings-dead-derrick-bird
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/02/derrick-bird-neighbours-happy-man
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/audio/2010/jun/02/guardian-daily-podcast-cumbria-shootings
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/audio/2010/jun/02/cumbria-shootings-sellafield
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/audio/2010/jun/02/cumbria-shootings-diana-strong
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/interactive/2010/jun/02/cumbria-shooting-spree-interactive-timeline
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/02/cumbria-shootings-tragedy-school-car-crash
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/02/cumbria-shooting-rural-industry
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/gallery/2010/jun/02/cumbria-shootings-gun-crime
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/blog/2010/jun/02/whitehaven-shooting-live-updates
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/02/person-killed-cumbria-shooting

 

 

 

 

Dunblane Massacre        March 1996

 

Gunman mows down class of children

leaving 16 dead with their teacher

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/jun/17/
judy-murray-dunblane-massacre-just-left-car-and-ran 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/century/1990-1999/
Story/0,,112749,00.html 

 

 

 

 

 

gang shooting

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/sep/10/
ukguns.theobserver

 

 

 

 

 

drive-by shooting

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/oct/12/
ukcrime.ukguns 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/oct/12/
ukcrime.ukguns2 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/oct/10/
ukcrime.ukguns1 

 

 

 

 

 

'respect shootings'

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/nov/03/
london-gun-crime-shootings-rise 

 

 

 

 

 

shooting trauma

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/
leslie-carricksmith-community-spirit-will-be-invaluable-
for-those-coping-with-the-shooting-trauma-1991098.html

 

 

 

 

 

shooting rampage

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/jun/02/
cumbria-shootings-dead-derrick-bird

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/06/02/
cumbria-gunman-twelve-dead-after-taxi-driver-goes-on-shooting-rampage-115875-22303730/

 

 

 

 

 

gun rampage

http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=96570354

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/
david-cameron-meets-gun-rampage-survivors-1991575.html

 

 

 

 

 

rampage

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7802988/
Cumbria-shootings-David-Cameron-meets-survivors-of-Derrick-Birds-rampage.html

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Ryan, 27,

kills 14 in Hungerford rampage        1987

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/19/
newsid_2534000/2534669.stm

 

 

 

 

 

shooting massacres

 

 

 

 

 

massacre

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/
how-the-cumbria-guns-massacre-unfolded-1990681.html

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/derrick-bird-killings-feud-over-225994

 

 

 

 

shooting spree

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/gallery/2010/jun/02/
cumbria-shootings-gun-crime 

 

 

 

 

 

killing spree

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7804560/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Birds-jealousy-over-money-may-have-motivated-killing-spree.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7802253/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Bird-had-family-row-night-before-killing-spree-admits-relative.html

 

 

 

 

 

go on a killing spree

 

 

 

 

 

deadly spree

 

 

 

 

 

gun massacre

 

 

 

 

 

massacre

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7799921/
Cumbria-shootings-killer-Derrick-Bird-licensed-to-carry-guns.html

 

 

 

 

 

shooting rampage

 

 

 

 

 

mayhem

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7799242/
Cumbria-shootings-murder-and-mayhem-shatter-peace-in-the-land-of-Wordsworth.html

 

 

 

 

 

bloodshed

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7799242/
Cumbria-shootings-murder-and-mayhem-shatter-peace-in-the-land-of-Wordsworth.html

 

 

 

 

 

run amok

 

 

 

 

 

deadly

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7802253/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Bird-had-family-row-night-before-killing-spree-admits-relative.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gunman

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7806343/
Did-Cumbria-gunman-Derrick-Bird-go-on-dry-run-before-killing-spree.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7806341/
Cumbria-gunman-Derrick-Bird-100-hours-and-10-steps.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7806422/
Cumbria-gunman-Derrick-Bird-watched-violent-film-before-killings.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/something-inside-birdy-1992482.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7805711/
Cumbria-gunman-Derrick-Bird-facing-tax-investigation-police-confirm.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/04/cumbria-shootings-derrick-bird-feared-jail-tax

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7800731/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Bird-lay-in-wait-for-solicitor-before-killing-him.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7801618/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Birds-grudges-against-massacre-victims.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/mother-stunned-at-sons-murder-rampage-1990349.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7800214/
Cumbria-shootings-Survivors-tell-of-encounters-with-Derrick-Bird-in-Whitehaven.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7799167/Cumbria-gunman-profile-of-Derrick-Bird.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/jun/02/
derrick-bird-neighbours-happy-man 

 

 

 

 

killer

 

 

 

 

mass killer

 

 

 

 

random killer

 

 

 

 

assailant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

horror

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/
michael-mccarthy-echoes-of-the-day-horror-was-visited-on-hungerford-1990077.html

 

 

 

 

 

workplace shooting

 

 

 

 

 

shooting incident

 

 

 

 

 

shoot-out

 

 

 

 

 

murder

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7798892/
Woman-and-son-murdered-in-Derbyshire-village.html

 

 

 

 

 

murder

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7799242/
Cumbria-shootings-murder-and-mayhem-shatter-peace-in-the-land-of-Wordsworth.html

 

 

 

 

 

cold blood

 

 

 

 

 

slaughter

 

 

 

 

 

lamb to the slaughter

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/nov/25/
hannah-foster 

 

 

 

 

 

manslaughter

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/oct/30/
woman-admits-killing-two-babies 

 

 

 

 

 

wound / wound

 

 

 

 

 

death

 

 

 

 

 

cold-blooded death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

witness

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/7804285/
Cumbria-shootings-nine-year-old-witness-to-Mike-Pike-being-shot.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

victim

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7802973/Cumbria-shootings-all-12-victims-formally-identified.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-meets-gun-rampage-survivors-1991575.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7801618/
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Birds-grudges-against-massacre-victims.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2010/jun/03/
cumbria-victims 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7798428/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7800086/
Cumbria-killing-map-of-Derrick-Birds-victims.html
Cumbria-shootings-Derrick-Bird-shot-victims-at-point-blank-range.html

 

 

 

 

survivor

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7802988/
Cumbria-shootings-David-Cameron-meets-survivors-of-Derrick-Birds-rampage.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7800214/
Cumbria-shootings-Survivors-tell-of-encounters-with-Derrick-Bird-in-Whitehaven.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On This Day - March 14, 1996

 

From The Times Archive

 

Thomas Harrison stunned the nation
when he murdered 16 children and a teacher
in a shooting spree in Dunblane, Scotland

 

SILENCE was the first thing you noticed in Dunblane yesterday morning. It was as if the tiny cathedral city had been struck dumb by disaster. The streets were deserted, shops shut, cars locked and empty. Only the urgent siren of a police car or an ambulance heading towards the school sent out alert signals.

It was as you approached the primary school, across the Allan Water, that you first saw the parents, gathered outside the entrance. They were waiting patiently in a straggling queue, with that strained, almost vacant look that goes with shock.

There was little sign of emotion. The Scots do not tend to grieve in public. Just the occasional hug, red eyes, or a hand raised to cover a trembling lip indicated the depth of feeling. A woman whose son was a student teacher did not know whether he had been teaching Primary 1 or not. “He’s been transferred from class to class,” she said. “I don’t know where he ended up, and they won’t say who the teacher was that died.” Another, who did not know which class had been attacked, seemed not to understand when she was told that it was the younger children. “But they couldn’t do that,” she said. “They just couldn’t.”

Those who were allowed in betrayed something of the horror they had seen. A party of Scottish Office civil servants seemed almost unable to speak, and even the police spokesman had to control the tremor in his voice as he gave out the sparse details of what he had witnessed. When, later in the afternoon, the Secretary of State Michael Forsyth, and the Shadow Secretary, George Robertson, took their places to address an improvised press conference, they seemed to be in shock. Both had been shown the blood-stained gymnasium, the scene of the carnage.

From he Times Archives >
On This Day - March 14, 1996,
Times,
March 14, 2005,
http://www.newsint-archive.co.uk/pages/main.asp

 

 

 

 

 

August 13 1966

 

Search for killers of three policemen

 

From The Guardian archive

 

[Harry Roberts, now 71, who is serving a life sentence for his part in these murders, was in June this year granted leave to seek a high court judicial review against refusal of parole.]

 

Three plain-clothes police officers were shot dead yesterday after they had stopped a car near Wormwood Scrubs, West London.

As two of the officers stepped out of their blue Triumph 2000 car, they were shot down by men who had got out of another car. At least three shots rang out killing the two officers. The third was shot dead through the windscreen of the car.

As it accelerated, the gang's car — described as a blue-grey Vanguard — ran over one policeman. After the shooting, one of the police officers lay sprawled under the rear wheels of the police car and the driver lay slumped against the steering-wheel, behind the shattered windscreen. The body of the third police officer was lying 20 yards away from the car.

Late last night every available policeman in London joined the hunt for the killers — many reported from days off or returned from holiday. It was stated that "one or two" officers may be armed with revolvers during the investigation. Tear gas and arms have been made ready.

The Siege of Sidney Street in 1910 was the only previous occasion in Britain when three policemen were shot dead in one incident.

Ten school-children, who said they saw the shooting, were taken to Scotland Yard by Detective Chief Superintendent Thomas Butler, head of the Flying Squad, and spent an hour looking at pictures in the "rogues gallery".

The shooting took place in a quiet street, beside fields scattered with playing children: and late at night police had not discovered why the "Q" car had stopped to question the men. One version is that the police car, making a routine check, stopped alongside the gang's car.

Detective Constable Wombwell went across to question the driver but was shot and left dying by the police car, Detective Sergeant Head rushed out of the car and was shot in the back as he went for help. One of the gang then coldbloodedly smashed the Triumph's windscreen and shot Constable Fox, the driver, as he attempted to block the bandits' getaway.

A major question facing Scotland Yard was why such a determined attempt was made to kill the officers. Did the men feel they had been recognised as criminals already wanted for a serious crime, one which might carry a long sentence ? Or were they just young thugs who panicked? The latter seems unlikely.

From The Guardian archive >
Search for killers of three policemen, August 13 1966,
republished 13.8.2007, p. 28,
http://digital.guardian.co.uk/guardian/2007/08/13/pages/ber28.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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