POLICE in County Durham have revoked 23 shotgun and seven firearm certificates in a year.
Figures from the Home Office have revealed the levels of guns held in the region up to March this year.
They show 2,516 firearms certificates were on issue in County Durham and 6,133 shotgun certificates.
Earlier this year, Horden man Michael Atherton killed his partner Susan McGoldrick, 47, her sister Alison Turnbull, 44, and her niece Tanya Turnbull, 24, on New Year’s Day. Atherton, 42, then killed himself with his legally-owned shotgun.
Meanwhile, figures for Cleveland showed that two firearm certificates were revoked, as well as nine shotgun certificates in the 12 months up to March this year.
There were 1,021 firearm certificates on issue up to March this year in the area and 2,608 shotgun certificates.