People will remember the first anniversary of the Keyham shooting

People will gather on the first anniversary of one of the UK’s worst mass shootings to remember its victims.

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

Three-year-old Sophie Martyn, her father Lee, 43, Stephen Washington, 59, and Kate Shepherd, 66, have all died.

Davison, 22, an apprentice crane operator, then turned his shotgun on himself before armed officers got to him.

Five people died in the shooting which started in Biddick Drive (PA)

Plymouth will mark the milestone with a civic ceremony at St Andrew’s Minster Church and a community vigil at 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 communities of Keyham, Ford and surrounding areas”.

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

The murders prompted outpourings of sympathy and offers of help from across the community.

Multiple investigations are ongoing into how Jake Davison was legally able to possess a shotgun (PA)Multiple investigations are ongoing into how Jake Davison was legally able to possess a shotgun (PA)

There has also been an outpouring 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 opened up about their loss and thanked the community for their love and support.

“Our hearts and thoughts are always with the other families and survivors as we move forward with the investigation in January,” they said.

“Stephen we miss every day and we still struggle to come to terms with the tragic events of that fateful day.

“The grandchildren miss him terribly, as do his entertainment, games and tickle sessions.

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

Hundreds of floral tributes were left in Keyham (Ben Birchall/PA)Hundreds of floral tributes were left in Keyham (PA)

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

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

Over £100,000 has been raised by the Plymouth Together Fund, which was 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 seized in 2020 after Davison attacked two teenagers in a park.

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

Davison applied for a shotgun certificate in July 2017, and after the application was forcibly processed, a five-year certificate was issued to him in January 2018.

Police will now have to check someone’s medical history before issuing a firearms licence, the Home Office has announced.

A package is being offered to Keyham residents to come to terms with what happened on August 12, 2021 (Ben Birchall/PA)A package is offered to Keyham residents to come to terms with what happened on August 12, 2021 (PA)

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

Davison had received mental health support during the coronavirus lockdown.

Social media use suggested an obsession with incel culture – or involuntary celibacy – as well as an interest in guns and the United States.

His mother had reported him in November 2016 to the government’s Terrorism Prevention Program, which aims to prevent people from becoming terrorists, months before he applied for a shotgun license.

Details of the referral were not disclosed but will be key to the investigation.

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