Keyham: People gather on the first anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in Britain

People will gather to commemorate the victims on the first anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in Britain.

On August 12, Jake Davison killed his mother, Maxine Davison, 51, after an argument and then shot four others in a 12-minute assault.

Sophie Martyn, three, her father Lee, 43, Stephen Washington, 59, and Kate Shepherd, 66, all died.

Davison, 22, an apprentice crane operator, then pointed his pump-action shotgun at himself before armed officers got to him.

Plymouth will mark the milestone with a civic ceremony at the Minster Church of St Andrew and a community vigil in North Down Crescent Park.

Councilor Richard Bingley, leader of Plymouth City Council, said Friday “will be a very difficult time for many and our thoughts are with the families, survivors and the communities of Keyham, Ford and the surrounding areas”.

“The anniversary will be a time for people to come together or just have some quiet time to reflect and remember their loved ones following this devastating event,” he said.

The killings drew expressions of sympathy and offers of help from across the community.

There was also a wave of sympathy from national leaders including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer.

Earlier this week, Mr. Washington’s family spoke about their loss and thanked the community for their love and support.

“Our hearts and thoughts are still with the other families and survivors as we move toward the January inquest,” they said.

“We miss Stephen every day and are still struggling to process the tragic events of that fateful day.

“The grandchildren miss him terribly as they miss his fun and games and tickle sessions.

“We know that as a family we will support each other.”

Since the shooting, which was seen by up to 300 people, nearly £2million in government support has been pledged to help Keyham and the surrounding areas recover.

Almost £800,000 will be spent on children’s services, including mental health support, while £1million will be used for community security and policing.

More than £100,000 has been raised by the Plymouth Together Fund, set up to raise money for affected families and the community.

The atrocity happened weeks after a shotgun and license were returned to Davison by Devon and Cornwall Police.

They had been confiscated in 2020 after Davison attacked two teenagers in a park.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating how police approved his application and returned his license and shotgun to him.

Davison applied for a shotgun certificate in July 2017, and after the application was processed by the force, he was issued a five-year certificate in January 2018.

Police are now required to check a person’s medical history before issuing a gun license, the Home Office announced.

In addition to the investigations of the Medical Examiner and the IOPC, the Council of National Police Chiefs is also conducting an investigation into the force’s firearms policies and procedures, in cooperation with the local police and the Crime Commissioner.

Davison had been receiving mental health support during the coronavirus lockdown.

Social media use suggested an obsession with incel, or involuntarily celibate culture, as well as an interest in guns and the United States.

His mother reported him to the government’s Prevent anti-terrorism program, designed to prevent people from becoming terrorists, in November 2016, months before he applied for a gun license.

Details of the transfer were not disclosed but will be crucial to the investigation. Keyham: People gather on the first anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in Britain

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