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Police 'had no chance to stop killing spree'

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Police have said they had no chance to stop Derrick Bird's gun rampage.

Chief Constable Craig Mackey said ten victims were killed within an hour as Bird drove across west Cumbria.

Mr Mackey said: "At no stage did any police officer have the chance to end this any sooner."

Contrary to what police had previously thought, the killings started in the early hours of Wednesday. Bird's twin brother, David, was the first victim, but was not discovered until later in the morning.

The family solicitor, Kevin Commons, was the second to be killed at his home in Frizington.

The second phase of Bird's attacks took place between 10.30am and 11.35am while he was on the run, Mr Mackey said. Those shootings began in Whitehaven and he went on to kill ten other people during that hour.

Mr Mackey said that, as soon as the call came in, every armed officer - 42 in total - in the county was deployed to the area.

He said: "Our officers were on the scene within minutes but, due to Bird's knowledge of local roads, he had fled in his vehicle and was travelling south, firing shots along his way.

"Police and RAF rescue helicopters were drafted into the area and a massive land and air search began. Crucially, in this period Bird was firing shots out of his vehicle, moving from place to place, and was not in any one area for a significant length of time."

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