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Victim Support criticises Cumbria shootings book

21st June 2010

A new book chronicling the recent Cumbria shootings carried out by taxi driver Derrick Bird has been described by Victim Support as 'deeply inappropriate'.

The book, written by Clare Leigh and entitled Massacre in Cumbria, will hit the shelves on July 30th.

John Blake, the book's publisher, told the Bookseller that they had already received a huge number of orders for the macabre publication and claimed that because it is such a 'raw' topic they had a moral obligation to donate some of the proceeds to Victim Support.

However, Victim Support's deputy chief executive Owen Sharp told the news provider: '[The book] is not something that we would wish to be associated with.'

'The victims' families will be disappointed to see a publisher seeking to exploit a tragedy which the community is still coming to terms with,' he added.

At the start of June, Victim Support began using its new homicide service for bereaved families in Cumbria in response to the shootings.

Derrick Bird's violent rampage through Cumbria left 12 people dead, including his twin brother.

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