British PM meets victims in Wednesday`s shooting spree
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Last Updated: Friday, June 04, 2010, 20:48
London: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday visited the victims of a shooting spree by a taxi driver, which left 12 dead and 11 other injured on Wednesday.

"It is so unfair and so cruel... We do not yet know all of the facts of the case" the Prime Minister said on the rampage after visiting West Cumberland Hospital in Cumbria.

In the worst such attack since 1996, Derrick Bird, 52, who shot himself dead after he went on a killing spree apparently fearing an arrest in an 60,000 pound undeclared earning case, coupled by his estranged relationship with his twin David -- the first of his 12 victims.

Bird next target was solicitor Kevin Commons who he thought was colluding with his family to cheat him out of his mother's 96,000 pound inheritance.

Daily Mail quoted a close friend of Bird saying "it was all about the Inland Revenue. He was being investigated... his brother and the solicitor were colluding to get him in trouble with the taxman."

It is said that his Inland Revenue tax demand exceeded 10,000 pound.

Meanwhile, Mark Cooper, a fellow taxi driver, said: "All he said was that they had caught him with 60,000 pound in the bank," adding that Bird used to say "I'll go to jail".

Bird lost his job as a joiner at the nuclear plant in 1990 after being convicted of stealing building materials and had drinking habit.


First Published: Friday, June 04, 2010, 20:48

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