Man who lost three of family in massacre is new face of gun hotline

HANDSHAKES: Bobby, right, with his uncle and opposing captain Heath Hardman, prior to kick-off. Below, tragic Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull and Tanya Turnbull.
HANDSHAKES: Bobby, right, with his uncle and opposing captain Heath Hardman, prior to kick-off. Below, tragic Susan McGoldrick, Alison Turnbull and Tanya Turnbull.

A MAN who lost three relatives in a shooting massacre is the face of a new “gun hotline”.

Bobby Turnbull is to front the new Crimestoppers helpline, which is being rolled out for people to report “sudden behavioural changes” in owners of legally-held firearms in a bid to avoid a repeat of gun massacres.

Susan, Alison and Tanya.

Susan, Alison and Tanya.

Bobby, 25, of High Hesleden, said: “A line like this could prevent other gun tragedies from occurring.”

The news comes after a charity football match and fundraising night was held on Saturday to raise money for all the charities that have supported his family since his mum Alison Turnbull, 44, sister Tanya Turnbull, 24, and aunt Susan McGoldrick, 47, died on New Year’s Day 2012 in Horden.

They were shot by Susan’s partner Michael Atherton, 42, before he turned the gun on himself.

Two matches were held at Wingate’s Welfare Park, with Wingate FC and Wingate Plough Inn drawing 4-4 and Blackhall Over 40s beating Wingate Over-40s 5-2.

Bobby, who turned out for the Wingate Over-40s side, said £680 was raised from the day.

It was followed by a gathering at The Railway Crossings pub in Wingate and then a charity night at Blackhall Community Centre, which attracted 250 people and saw entertainment come from music act Crisis North East.

Bobby, who formerly worked at Hartlepool Golf Club but now works as a cable jointer, thanked everyone who took part in the match and charity night.

The Crimestoppers dedicated telephone line can be reached on 0800 028 4010.