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21st December marked the 40th anniversary of the casino shootings in Torquay. Croupier Ann Andre and gaming manager Leandros.


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Casino Shooting On December 21st four people were shot dead by a local businessman in Torquay. The killings began when Martin Charles Fenton.


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He then found the dead body of the gunman with his bore shotgun beside him. He shot dead three JobCentre staff before turning the gun and killing himself. The shooting halted and, as he lay cowering, the killer came up to him, leaned down and pressed the muzzle of a gun into his back. All the bullets were gone. John Tsigarides below later appealed for a renewal of his gaming licence was refused. Show more comments. What nobody in the casino knew at that stage was that Fenton had already shot and killed a brave policeman PC Dennis Smith who was out on a routine patrol in his panda car when he saw Fenton's bronze Ford Granada driving erratically and gave chase through the Warberries before cornering him in a cul-de-sac at the top of Ellacombe. The whole terrible scene lasted just two or three minutes. A young male eyewitness told the Herald Express that he had pretended to be dead as shots were being fired at the scene: " I was just changing chips at the roulette table when this man walked in quite calmly with a gun in each hnd. The second and less well-known mass shooting was at the old JobCentre. The first victim was year-old clerk John Leggo. Brown had apparently visited Roebuck House about six weeks previously to ask if he could have a job working at that office, but was told there was no vacancy. At the time there was a deadly hush in the room. It was the night of the annual Holly Ball at the nearby five star Imperial Hotel and people were in a jolly mood. As the gunman fled, the terrified customers had run for the nearest door, which led into the ladies' toilet. Newspaper reports from the time quoted one un-named worker who said Briown just came in and started firing: "People were running willy-nilly. Now Fenton returned to his home in Falkland Road where he lived with his wife and children, and then set off in a Ford Escort work van for the casino where his target was owner John Tsigarides - the two were in a bitter feud over unpaid bills and gambling debt. Five people had been shot and two were already dead β€” gaming manager Leandros "Leon" Papadakis, who had a wife and two young children, and Austin Webb, who died sprawled in the chair from which he had been playing roulette. It is not clear what happened next but at some stage Brown met Sally Yeo, 25, a young typist of Branscombe Close, Torquay, who was attempting to flee on the rear staircase. Most Read Most Recent. Loose Women. His last words, over his personal radio, were: "Oh God Oh God. You can unsubscribe at any time. He shot her and left her dying. A severely shocked Mr Tsigarides said later: 'I think he was after me. He too pleaded with Fenton to stop but when Fenton fired at him the gun jammed, giving him a chance to escape. PC Smith first saw the Ford zig-zagging dangerously and the high-speed chase began. The pursuit continued on to the Sidmouth road, where another police car, driven by PC Christopher Tree, was called in by radio. Ann was posthumously awarded with the Queen's Commendation for Bravery for trying to stop the shootings. He then forced his way into an open-plan office filled with staff. That night, which had started so brightly, had turned into one of carnage. When the gunman first walked into the Carlton Casino brandishing a gun on each hip, people's first reaction was that he was 'some sort of clown' in fancy dress with toy pistols. In , the then chief constable, John Alderson said policemen all knew that perhaps one day, when alone and in a quiet darkened street, the supreme test would come. All the latest court stories. He had two guns. For Miss Andre, who had worked at the club for 12 months, had walked up to the gunman as he fired into the crowd and tried to stop the slaughter by soothing him. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. I just got up and ran. I did not try talking to him. During his trial, allegations were made of gamblers being cheated at the casino. In one horrifying year Torquay became the gun capital of the UK with two mass shootings that left eight people dead. The gunman fired wildly into a crowd of 18 to 20 people. Gunman Michael Anthony Brown ran amok in the stairwell and offices. Several parked cars were rammed by the Granada before the officer cornered Fenton off Rosehill Road. Fenton turned the last of his bullets on Ann, shooting her in the stomach then, as she lay groaning on the floor, in the neck. Meanwhile, beyond the club, the police had launched a massive hunt for the killer, who had fled the casino in a van parked outside. The luckiest man that night was another croupier, Mr Anthony Caola. He was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he initially refused a blood transfusion. Video Loading Video Unavailable. Torquay The Torquay outlet reopens on June Top Stories. Exeter Uni vice-chancellor expresses 'shame' over 'abhorrent' hate incidents - and looks to the future Devon News "We must do everything in our power to root out all forms of racism and hate crime in our community". The bloody night had claimed its first victim β€” the year-old officer was left dying in the rain. Row over Paignton parking after blue badge holder gets ticket Torbay. Heartbreaking tribute to 'devoted daddy' after he died at work Devon News. On October 3 he walked into the Employment Office pretending to look for directions before revealing a hidden bore single-barrelled shotgun. Petition calls for name change of Exeter's Blackboy Road - as the origin of street name remains uncertain Exeter Exeter historian Dr Todd Gray has researched the road name now steeped with controversy. Heartbreaking tribute to 'devoted daddy' after he died at work Devon News Carl Parsons, who lived in Plymouth, leaves behind two daughters, age six and two. The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now. He headed off the van at Newton Poppleford, nearly 40 miles from Torquay, and forced it into the driveway of a house where both police cars rammed it. It sounded like some kind of air pistol. I went straight over the table and the shooting began'. And he told how the killer then walked over to yet another man, pointed the pistol right in his face, and pulled the trigger - but the gun was empty. For nearly two hours the police, who had sealed off the resort and set up roadblocks all over Devon, searched for Fenton. Exeter's plan to recover from the coronavirus crisis Exeter The recovery plan has been agreed by Exeter City Council. It lasted for about a minute - the longest minute of my life. Fascinating crime stories from Devon's past. Click to play Tap to play. The trigger was pulled, but nothing happened. He survived to face the court. A struggle followed as he confronted Fenton, who then fired two bullets into the policeman at point-blank range before fleeing the scene in the Panda car. They locked themselves in and smashed the light to stop reflections, then cowered as they awaited the police. Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice. Even now, 45 years later, what happened next casts a long shadow, with some of the witnesses and key players still alive. He fired about 10 bullets. Brown, who was less than 5ft tall, had become paranoid and thought staff at the Job Centre were laughing at him because of his restricted growth disability. The second chase of the night ensued as the killer repeatedly crashed into their car a they tried to stop him. Follow devonlivenews. More On Christmas Torquay. In the summer of the next year Fenton was sentenced to life imprisonment for the four murders. Organisers of Exmouth Pride 'incredibly disappointed' by cancellation Exmouth.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} News all Most Read Most Recent. It was Terry who found Sally Yeo dead on the staircase. Torbay up-to-date. It was only when they emerged that they witnessed the full extent of the bloodshed. The casino later became one of Torquay's best known nightclubs - first Claire's and then renamed as Bohemia. Less then 5ft tall, Brown had become paranoid about his height and become wrongly convinced that the JobCentre staff were mocking him and laughing behind his back. Inside they found Fenton with a long-bladed knife buried in his chest, after trying to kill himself. John, a youth employment officer, was married with a newly-born baby. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Innocent members of the public died in two totally different shootouts within less than 12 months of each other in the resort. One Torquay man, who had been enjoying a quiet evening with his wife, recalled how close he had come to death. First there was the infamous Carlton Casino shooting when deranged gunman Martin Fenton armed with two pistols first killed a policeman and then three other innocent people, before leading police on a two-hour chase through Devon and stabbing himself in the chest. Peaceful now - but these two places were once part of mass shootings in Torquay Sign up to FREE email alerts from DevonLive - TorbayLive News Subscribe When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Before he could shoot, the casino owner dived right over one roulette table and hid beneath another. It was on the third floor that Brown murdered his third victim, executive officer Kenneth Watkins, When police arrived at the scene they did not know that Brown had already killed himself and used loud hailer's to tell staff to barricade themselves in and hide under desks. Bravely β€” for they knew that one officer had already been shot dead β€” the three officers went up to the van and pulled open the door.