Concerned MP takes to streets

Grahame Morris for Labour Wins the Easington vote.
Grahame Morris for Labour Wins the Easington vote.

EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris was left shocked and saddened at the tragic shooting and went to the community to offer his comfort and concern to residents.

But he urged people not to have a “knee-jerk” reaction to the shootings, but to wait for the full facts to emerge before calling for changes to gun laws.

He said: “I’ve been following the events and have had a briefing from the police and came to Horden just to offer my condolence to a community where there is a sense of shock at this terrible tragedy.

“I’ve come to offer any support I can and during the investigation, which is obviously ongoing. It is early days to speculate on the circumstances and the police are carrying out a thorough investigation and are reassuring residents, going door to door to speak to people.

“Obviously there’s a matter that has raised concern, which has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, and I will be following those events closely. But it would be wrong for me at this stage to make any decisions or for anyone to have a knee-jerk reaction and call for changes in laws affecting the holding of firearms in the home before we have the full facts at our disposal.”

Assistant Chief Constable Michael Banks said there is currently a heavy police presence in Horden to not only investigate the murders, but to reassure residents.

He said: “Our thoughts and feelings are with the family and friends at this moment.

“I would like to reassure our communities that the police are in control of this incident. At this moment we are looking for no-one else in relation to this inquiry.

“We have officers at the scene and officers patrolling the neighbourhood reassuring the residents.”