Murder case raises concerns over crossbow danger

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Coroner conducting inquest into death of Shane Gilmer plans report on unregulated market for ‘deadly and vicious’ weapon

A coroner is to raise concerns at a national level about the danger posed by crossbows after opening the inquest of a man murdered with one by a neighbour in a dispute over noise.

Housing officer Shane Gilmer, 30, was killed by Tony Lawrence, who lived in the adjoining semi-detached house in Southburn, a village in east Yorkshire, and had broken in via their shared loft. The 55-year-old also shot Gilmer’s partner, Laura Sugden, who was 20 weeks pregnant with their child.

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