Ten Years On: The Cumbrian Shooting’s Victims Remembered

By Rachael Grealish

Today the people of Cumbria commemorate those lost in the Cumbrian shootings of June 2, 2010.

12 people lost their lives in West Cumbria as gunman Derrick Bird carried out one of Britain’s biggest mass-shootings, since the 1996 Dunblane massacre.

Those lost were: David Bird (52), Kevin Commons (60), Darren Rewcastle (43), Garry Purdham (31), Jane Robinson (66), Michael Pike (64), Kenneth Fishburn (71), James and Jennifer Jackson (67 and 68 respectively), Susan Hughes (57), Isaac Dixon (65) and Jamie Clark (23).

Bird also injured 11 other people during his assault and finally the rampage ended when 52-year-old Bird took his own life.

The shootings began in mid-morning in Lamplugh and moved to Frizington, Whitehaven, Egremont, Gosforth, and Seascale, sparking a major manhunt by the Cumbria Constabulary, with assistance from Civil Nuclear Constabulary officers.

It is believed Bird committed a series of targeted shootings – the other victims are believed to have died as a consequence of random shootings during the spree.

Bird set off in the early hours of June 2, armed with two licensed guns, first killing his brother, David Bird, in Lamplugh, before heading to Frizington and killing his family solicitor, Kevin Commons. 

Before 10.30am Bird headed for the taxi ranks in Whitehaven where he killed Darren Rewcastle, it was reported at the time the two had previously fallen out. 

The former joiner then went to Egremont where he killed Susan Hughes and Kenneth Fishburn, respectively, in his random shootings. 

After heading to Carlton Wood, Bird killed Isaac Dixon on the roadside. From there Bird travelled to Wilton where he first killed Jennifer Jackson, followed by her husband James. 

As Bird travelled to Seascale he killed Jamie Clark in his car, followed by Michael Pike and Jane Robinson – who he’d called over to his car – in the village itself. 

Just after midday Bird abandoned his car in the village of Boot and proceeded to take his own life in nearby woodland. 

Ten years on the devastation caused and lives lost are still alive in the minds of those who live in Cumbria and remember. 

Copeland’s elected mayor, Mike Starkie, shared his condolences about the incident.

He said: “On the 10th anniversary of June 2nd, 2010, we all remember those whose lives were lost, and all those whose lives have been affected by the tragic events.”