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Plymouth shooting - latest: Anger as gun returned to Jake Davison and ‘incels could be classed as terrorists’

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Zoe Tidman,Chiara Giordano
Saturday 14 August 2021 19:39
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Vigil held in Plymouth following Jake Davison mass shooting

Labour has said police have questions to answer over how a gunman obtained a firearms licence and went on a rampage as more tributes poured in for the victims of the killing spree.

Gunman Jake Davison killed five people – including his mother and a three-year-old girl – and injured two others in the city’s Keyham area on Thursday evening before turning his gun on himself.

The 22-year-old had his gun returned weeks before Thursday’s deadly shooting spree after it was taken away last December following an assault allegation, according to the police watchdog.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has said it will investigate Devon and Cornwall Police’s decision-making in relation to Davison’s possession of the weapon and certificate.

On Saturday, Priti Patel visited Plymouth to pay tribute to the victims . The city council chief also said residents remained “in a state of shock” after experiencing the UK’s first mass shooting in more than a decade.

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Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the latest updates on Thursday’s mass shooting in Plymouth.

Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 07:45
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Investigation launched into shooter’s possession of gun and firearms licence

An investigation has been launched into Plymouth gunman Jake Davison’s possession of a shotgun and a firearms licence.

The 22-year-old shooter killed five people and injured two others in the city’s Keyham area on Thursday in the UK’s worst mass shooting in more than 10 years.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it had launched an investigation following a mandatory referral from Devon and Cornwall Police which contains preliminary information that Davison’s firearm and licence were returned to him in early July this year.

The certificate and shotgun had been taken away at the end of last year following an assault allegation.

According to reports, Davison’s firearms licence was returned after he attended an anger management course.

Additional reporting by PA

Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 07:48
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Shooter’s gun licence returned weeks before attack

My colleague, Holly Bancroft, has the full story about the Jake Davison’s gun licence:

Plymouth shooting killer given gun licence back weeks before attack

Jake Davison, who shot and killed five people, had shotgun certificate revoked after assault allegation last year

Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 08:16
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UK firearms laws appear to work on the whole - former police chief

Sir Peter Fahy, former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said the UK’s firearms laws “on the whole” appear to work.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Saturday about Plymouth gunman Jake Davison’s possession of a shotgun and a firearms licence, Sir Peter said: “I think you would have to stand back and say this was an awful tragedy with a huge impact obviously on the families and on the community, but in general these sorts of events are incredibly rare.

He added: “Things like handguns, pistols, are completely banned after the Dunblane tragedy and, on the whole, you would have to say the system appears to work and these sorts of tragedies are incredibly rare, and for instance there’s only about 30 murders a year which involve firearms, and they are ones which are illegally held largely and you would never get a certificate for.”

Jake Davison’s case would still “absolutely” need to be looked into, he added.

Additional reporting by PA

Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 08:29
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CCTV footage

CCTV footage has appeared to show Jake Davison crossing the road while armed:

Plymouth shooting: CCTV appears to show Jake Davison crossing road while armed
Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 08:38
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Hundreds attend vigil in memory of victims

Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to the victims of the Plymouth shooting at a candle lit vigil yesterday.

Mourners placed flowers and candles in North Down Crescent Park in Keyham in memory of the victims.

Holly Bancroft reported on the vigil from Plymouth:

Community pays tribute to Plymouth shooting victims at candlelight vigil

Organiser of vigil says community has ‘deep scars’ after ‘horrific’ shooting

Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 08:40
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Residents ‘still in state of shock’ - council leader

Nick Kelly, the leader of Plymouth City Council, said the city’s healing process started yesterday with the vigil.

He told BBC Breakfast people are still “a little bit reluctant to come outside their doors” and are “still in a state of shock”.

Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 08:48
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Footage of vigil

You can watch footage of yesterday’s vigil for the Plymouth shooting victims on Independent TV:

Plymouth shooting: Vigil held to commemorate victims of attack

Hundreds of people gathered in Plymouth to pay their respects to the victims of a mass shooting at a candle lit vigil on the evening of Friday (13 August).Hundreds placed flowers and candles in North Down Crescent Park in Keyham last night to remember those who were killed by 22-year-old gunman Jake Davison.People lit candles and held up the torches on their phones after the sun had set to pay their respect to the victims of the shooting. Jake Davison murdered his mother, Maxine, before killing four more people and eventually turning the gun on himself.

Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 09:06
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Council leader says own view on firearms is ‘why do you need a gun in first place?’

Nick Kelly, leader of Plymouth City Council, said the investigation could show that there are wider issues about scrutinising people who are given firearms.

“My personal view is let’s see what the investigation unearths, let’s try to piece together exactly why the licence was suspended, taken away in the first place, and why it was deemed appropriate to give back,” he told BBC Breakfast.

He added: “My own view with regards to guns is I think why do you need a gun in the first place?”

“If there’s a very legitimate reason, well I would not want to take guns away from everybody, but I think gun crime in Plymouth is unheard of - perhaps nationally there’s more of an issue.

“We just need to review it, look at the facts in this specific case and hopefully if tighter legislation is required that will be forthcoming.”

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Zoe Tidman14 August 2021 09:26
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‘Incel’ subculture and terrorism

Violent attacks by “incels” such as Plymouth gunman Jake Davison will be treated as terrorism if the movement grows, a government adviser says.

Police have been criticised for not treating the tragedy – which saw the gunman shoot five people and himself, after misogynistic social media posts calling himself an involuntary celibate – as terror-related.

Our deputy political editor, Rob Merrick, has the full story:

‘Incels’ will be treated as terrorists only if there are more Plymouth-style attacks, government adviser says

Violent attacks by “incels” such as Plymouth gunman Jake Davison will be treated as terrorism if the movement grows, a government adviser says.

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