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Saturday, 12 July 2014

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Killer cabbie Derrick Bird left no suicide note

The man leading the investigation into Derrick Bird's murderous rampage today said the killer cabbie did not leave a suicide note.

Detective Chief Superintendent Iain Goulding also revealed no hit-list had been found at the mass muderer's Rowrah home and that his finances were being probed by tax chiefs.

Cumbria's top detective has spoken for the first time about how his team were investigating suggestions that the taxi driver, 52, could have been in dispute with fellow cabbies.

He said: "Detectives are focussing on several key areas and are working to verify suggestions that Bird was involved in personal disputes with fellow taxi drivers, or others.

"We have also been reviewing his finances and investigating issues of taxation. We can confirm that Derrick Bird was subject to an ongoing investigation by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs."

Det Ch Supt Goulding admitted that while the investigation continued, police may "never understand what could have driven Bird to commit such atrocities" because he shot himself after killing 12 others and injuring many more during a 45-mile horror rampage across west Cumbria on Wednesday.

He added: "Detectives have seized a large amount of paperwork from Bird's house, but no 'suicide note' or what the media have referred to as a 'hit list', have been found.

"We were simultaneously faced with investigating 12 murders and 11 attempted murders. Within 48 hours we have established who was involved, the major detail of what took place and are building a picture of what may have driven Bird to do this.

"While our investigation continues at a pace, our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who were killed in the most tragic of circumstances."

Police also confirmed today that forensic and ballistic investigations were continuing at crime scenes, at Bird's home and in his vehicle.

A spokesman added that the Citroen Picasso car driven by Bird on his ramage had been damaged at the time.

He appealed for anyone that may have witnessed, or been involved in, a collision with the vehicle on or before Wednesday to contact detectives on 0845 3300247.

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