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Mass killer Street dies in Ashworth

A mass killer who shot five people dead in 1978 has died while serving an indefinite sentence for firearms and explosives offences.

Harry Street was detained under the Mental Health Act in October after six guns, dozens of home-made bullets and a makeshift bomb were found at his home.

The 70-year-old, who is thought to have suffered a heart attack, was pronounced dead on Christmas Eve after being taken ill at the high-security Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside.

Formerly known as Barry Williams, Street killed three of his neighbours in West Bromwich and a couple who ran a petrol station in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, during a shooting spree on October 26 1978.

He was later diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and committed to Broadmoor in 1979 after admitting five counts of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

But he was freed subject to monitoring in 1995, moved to an address in Hall Green, Birmingham, in 2005, and began to wage a campaign of harassment against his neighbours two years later.

West Midlands Police arrested Street in October last year after a "veritable arsenal" of guns and bullets was found in a cupboard at his home.

Sentencing Street on October 6 this year, Mr Justice Blair ordered the pensioner to be detained in conditions of high security due to the nature of his previous offences and his ability to procure and modify weapons.

A spokesman for Ashworth Hospital said: "A patient in long-term care at Ashworth Hospital has been admitted to general hospital after becoming acutely physically unwell.

"He died in hospital at 9.49am on December 24 2014."

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