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Michael Ryan (Shootings)

Volume 131: debated on Thursday 14 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Thames Valley police as to how many of the persons (a) killed by and (b) injured by the late Michael Ryan were struck by bullets fired from (i) an M1 carbine, (ii) an AK56 rifle and (iii) a pistol; and how many were struck with bullets fired from more than one weapon.

I understand from the chief constable of Thames Valley police that none of Ryan's victims was struck by bullets from an M1 carbine. Of those who were killed, seven were struck by bullets from a 7·62 Kalashnikov rifle only; eight were struck by bullets from a pistol only; and one person was struck by bullets from a 7·62 Kalashnikov rifle and a pistol. Of those who were injured, one person was struck by bullets fired from a pistol, two were injured by glass or metal other than bullets and in the other 12 cases it is not known what weapon caused the injuries.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Thames Valley police as to the distance between the late Michael Ryan and each of his victims when they were injured or killed by him.

I understand from the chief constable of Thames Valley police that 12 of Ryan's victims were within 10 yd of him when they were killed or injured and the other 19 were over 10 yd away.