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Key recommendations after the double shotgun death at Cromer

PUBLISHED: 12:48 24 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:38 24 September 2013

Police at the scene in Compit Hills, Roughton, near Cromer, following the deaths of North Norfolk District Council leader Keith Johnson and his wife Andrea.

Police at the scene in Compit Hills, Roughton, near Cromer, following the deaths of North Norfolk District Council leader Keith Johnson and his wife Andrea.

The domestic violence homicide review into the shotgun death of Andrea Johnson at the hands of her husband Keith contains a series of recommendations, designed to minimise the chance of a repeat of such an incident.

They include:

■ That there is a national review of the firearms (amendment) act 1997 relating to applications for shotguns, to tighten up the criteria for granting a shotgun certificate - including a requirement to have a medical, and the checking of records and risk assessments of members of the household of applicants

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■ Mandatory training for all health professionals about domestic abuse

■ That all health agencies and GP practices develop domestic abuse policies and protocols within one year, outlining the responsibilities of staff to understand and respond to the needs of domestic abuse victims - including that when an individual is regularly accompanied by a partner, relative or carer, a policy should be in place to make available an opportunity for individuals to be seen alone

■ That the director of public health and a leading practitioner for the county clinical commissioning groups provide leadership to drive forward a multi-agency domestic abuse strategy for Norfolk by June 2014

■ Information about domestic abuse, helplines and routes to support should be provided for victims, family members, friends and work colleagues in a variety of locations by January 2014

■ Where a victim is found to be under the influence of alcohol or other substances at the time of investigating alleged domestic abuse, a call should be made the following day to provide advice when the perpetrator is not present.

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