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Massacre gunman’s chilling boast

Gunman Derrick Bird boasted “Whitehaven will be as famous as Dunblane” just weeks before he massacred 12 people, an inquest has heard.

Bird (52) gave the chilling warning in the foyer of a swimming pool in Hensingham, near Whitehaven, where he had been diving while training with Solway Sub Aqua Club.

Peter McLean, also a member of the club, told the hearing: “He turned his back on me and said Whitehaven will be as famous as Dunblane,” Mr McLean said.

Coroner David Roberts asked the witness what his reaction was.

Mr McLean replied: “At first I thought it was a sinister thing to say, but it is such a weird thing to say, I couldn't understand why he said it.

“I told my wife when I got home. It was such a weird thing to say, it had no relevance.”

Mr McLean was giving evidence on the second day of the inquest into the deaths following the massacre on June 2 last year.

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