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Six people, including a five-year-old girl, are dead following a shooting in Plymouth last night.
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The Independent Office for Police Conduct will investigate Devon and Cornwall Police over a mass shooter's possession of a shotgun and its certificate, which were given back to him after being confiscated in September 2020 following an assault allegation, according to Leading Britain's Conversation.

According to The Independent, the IOPC's regional director David Ford said in a statement that the office 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."

Jake Davison, the 23-year-old who is suspected of killing five people and then himself in Plymouth, England, on Thursday, was also linked to YouTube videos promoting "incel" culture, according to reports. A now-deleted YouTube channel titled "Professor Waffle" that reportedly belonged to Davison made references to "incels," according to The Evening Standard.

The term refers to an online subculture of sexually inactive men who blame others, such as women, other men, and wider society, for their own lack of romantic and sexual connections. The Southern Poverty Law Center defines the term as "part of the online male supremacist ecosystem."

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