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Plymouth incel killer Jake Davison DID receive mental health support during lockdown

Plymouth gunman Jake Davison who shot dead five people including his mother and a three-year-old girl was being given help for his mental health problems it was revealed today. 

The revelation raises further questions as to why police gave the 22-year-old his shotgun back a month ago after confiscating it last December following an allegation of assault. 

Friends of the killer have previously claimed his mother Maxine had reached out to get help for her son, who suffered from autism and ADHD and was displaying increasingly erratic behaviour, but was turned down by local mental health teams because they were understaffed. 

However Livewell Southwest, which provides health and social care for people in Plymouth, said today that help had been given to Davison over the last 18-months but declined to give any more details due to the police investigation. 

Self-described ‘f***ing fat ugly virgin’ and bodybuilder Jake Davison (pictured), 22, murdered his mother Maxine, 51, after bursting into her home in the Devon city with a pump-action shotgun on Thursday night 

Jake Davison's mother Maxine (left) and other relatives are claimed to have begged the police and NHS to help him with mental health problems

Jake Davison's mother Maxine (left) and other relatives are claimed to have begged the police and NHS to help him with mental health problems

Jake Davison’s mother Maxine (left) and other relatives are claimed to have begged the police and NHS to help him with mental health problems but Livewell Southwest, which provides health and social care for people in Plymouth, said today that help had been given to Davison over the last 18-months but declined to give any more details due to the police investigation

Sophie Martyn, 3, and her father Lee, 43, (pictured above) were shot at random as Plymouth incel gunman Jake Davison entered Biddick Drive and fatally killed the pair who were walking up the road

66-year-old Kate Shepherd was Davison's final victim, and was gunned down by Blush hair salon in Plymouth

66-year-old Kate Shepherd was Davison’s final victim, and was gunned down by Blush hair salon in Plymouth

Jake Davison then moved on towards a nearby wooded area where he shot and murdered dog walker Stephen Washington, 59, (above)

Jake Davison then moved on towards a nearby wooded area where he shot and murdered dog walker Stephen Washington, 59, (above)

Self-described ‘f***ing fat ugly virgin’ and bodybuilder Davison murdered his mother Maxine, 51, after bursting into her home in the Devon city with a pump-action shotgun on Thursday night.

Without saying a word Davison, dressed in black, then gunned down Sophie Martyn, 3, and her father Lee, 43, who were walking up the road. 

After murdering the pair, Davison walked to an adjacent area of parkland and opened fire on dogwalker Stephen Washington, 59, before killing Kate Shepherd, 66, outside of Blush hair salon.

He then turned the gun on himself, concluding his 12-minute bloody rampage that was the worst mass shooting seen in Britain since 2010.     

‘Police gave shotgun back to gunman after “anger management class” one month before rampage’

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have said they will investigate Devon and Cornwall Police over Davison’s possession of a shotgun and shotgun certificate.

The legally held weapon had been taken from him in December 2020 following an allegation of assault last September.

It was returned to him in July after he attended an anger management course after which police classed him as being fit again to possess the three-shot shotgun.

Confirming a mandatory referral from Devon and Cornwall Police this morning, IOPC regional director David Ford announced an investigation into the shooting and ‘police contact with Jake Davison prior to the incident’. 

This includes the force’s role and actions regarding firearms licensing, he said.

Mr Ford said: ‘After assessment of the referral we have determined we will carry out an independent investigation focusing on Jake Davison’s firearms licensing history and its impact on the tragic events of Thursday August 12.

‘We will examine what police actions were taken and when, the rationale behind police decision-making, and whether relevant law, policy and procedures were followed concerning Mr Davison’s possession of a shotgun.

‘The investigation will also consider whether the force had any information concerning Mr Davison’s mental health and if so, if this information was appropriately considered.

‘It appears the force’s response to reports of the shootings was very prompt and having reviewed information currently available, we are not intending to investigate the Devon and Cornwall Police response to the shootings.

‘This will be kept under review as more information emerges. However, the investigation will explore whether there was any causal link between the arrival of police and Mr Davison apparently shooting himself.’

Mr Ford added: ‘It has not yet been established whether the shotgun returned to Mr Davison was used in yesterday’s shootings.’ 

When pressed on what kind of help Davison received and when the last point of contact was, the spokesperson added: ‘We are supporting Devon and Cornwall Police’s investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further.’ 

A spokesperson said: ‘When mental health services were approached for help it was given. 

‘The First Response Service continued throughout lockdown and was strengthened to help people who were struggling.’

Livewell set up their First Response Service last April to support those who may be experiencing problems with their mental health.

The 24/7 service, staffed by mental health professionals, provides advice and support to adults in Plymouth experiencing a mental health crisis.

Davison described himself as an ‘Incel’, an online community of deeply misogynistic men who believe they are owed sex, and spent hours in his bedroom filming himself ranting about women.

He had a history of anger related mental health issues, including assaulting two teenagers in a skate park in September 2020.

He had his gun taken away from him in December 2020 following an allegation of assault last September.

It was returned to him in July after he attended an anger management course after which police classed him as being fit again to possess the three-shot shotgun. 

Confirming a mandatory referral from Devon and Cornwall Police this morning, IOPC regional director David Ford announced an investigation into the shooting and ‘police contact with Jake Davison prior to the incident’. 

This includes the force’s role and actions regarding firearms licensing, he said.

Mr Ford said: ‘After assessment of the referral we have determined we will carry out an independent investigation focusing on Jake Davison’s firearms licensing history and its impact on the tragic events of Thursday August 12.

‘We will examine what police actions were taken and when, the rationale behind police decision-making, and whether relevant law, policy and procedures were followed concerning Mr Davison’s possession of a shotgun.

‘The investigation will also consider whether the force had any information concerning Mr Davison’s mental health and if so, if this information was appropriately considered.

‘It appears the force’s response to reports of the shootings was very prompt and having reviewed information currently available, we are not intending to investigate the Devon and Cornwall Police response to the shootings.

‘This will be kept under review as more information emerges. However, the investigation will explore whether there was any causal link between the arrival of police and Mr Davison apparently shooting himself.’

Mr Ford added: ‘It has not yet been established whether the shotgun returned to Mr Davison was used in yesterday’s shootings.’ 

Davison shot dead his mother Maxine first of all during his gun rampage on Thursday evening in the Keyham district of Plymouth before shooting and killing Lee Martyn and his adopted daughter Sophie.

Sophie was pushing a toy pram up the street accompanied by her adoptive father who was shot in the back as he tried to protect her.

On a Reddit thread, under the question 'What do incels think of their mother', Davison replied: 'Can't stand her'

On a Reddit thread, under the question ‘What do incels think of their mother’, Davison replied: ‘Can’t stand her’

The pair – who had tried to run away – were then shot at least twice more at close range, killing them instantly. Davison is said to have ‘hovered’ over their bodies for a moment before shooting at Ben Parsonage, 33, and his mother, Michelle, 53, who had opened their front door to see what was going on. Both received ‘significant’ injuries but survived.

The gunman later walked down a path, telling a stunned resident: ‘Nothing to worry about mate,’ before shooting dead dog walker Stephen Washington, 59.

His killing spree came to an end when he shot dead 66-year Kate Shepherd outside the Blush hair salon before taking his own life.

The decision to hand Davison his gun and license back is now being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Confirming a mandatory referral from Devon and Cornwall Police, IOPC regional director David Ford said announced an investigation into the shooting and ‘police contact with Jake Davison prior to the incident’.

It includes the force’s role and actions regarding firearms licensing, he said.


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