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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Twin brother believed to be the first victim

ALL 12 of Derrick Bird’s victims have now been named.

Cumbrian shooting photo
David Bird

 

Derrick’s twin brother, David, is believed to have been the first victim.

David Bird, a 52-year-old digger driver for Hewden Plant Hire Ltd, was killed in High Trees Farm, Lamplugh.

The next shooting is believed to have taken place at around 5.30am, when Bird shot his 60-year-old solicitor, Kevin Commons. Mr Commons, a senior partner at local law firm KJ. Commons and Co, was killed on the driveway of his home in Frizington Road, Frizington.

It is believed Bird then made his way to Whitehaven, where he shot and killed fellow taxi driver Darren Rewcastle at 10.35am at a taxi rank in Duke Street. Another cab driver, Don Reed, was shot in the back shortly afterwards but survived his injuries.

The murderer then headed south to Egremont, where he killed Ken Fishburn, a retired Sellafield security worker, on Egremont Bridge. Susan Hughes, 57, was shot dead in Hagget End, Egremont, as she carried her shopping home.

Ike Dixon, of Egremont, known locally as Spike, was shot dead at Carleton Moor Wood, on the edge of a field in his hometown. As Bird drove on towards the hamlet of Wilton, he shot dead retired couple Jimmy and Jennifer Jackson. Mrs Jackson was killed first. Her husband was gunned down as he came looking for his wife.

The gunman drove next to Gosforth, at around 11.30am, where he shot Garry Purdham dead at point-blank range in a field. The farmer and former Workington Town rugby player was trimming a hedge in a field.

Seascale was Bird’s next stop, where he murdered three more people.

Retired father-of-two Mike Pike, 64, was shot through the neck as he cycled through Seascale where he lived with his wife and son.

Jamie Clark, a 23-year-old estate agent from Carlisle, was killed while driving his Land Rover Discovery on the A5083 in Seascale. The third Seascale victim was Jane Robinson, 66, who was shot dead in Drigg Road, while she delivered catalogues door-to-door.

Fleeing from pursuing police to the small hamlet of Boot, Bird ditched his car at around 1pm and continued on foot. As armed officers closed in, he turned the gun on himself, bringing an end to his rampage at around 1.40pm.

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