UPDATE: Bacup man shoots himself after four-hour stand-off with armed police

UPDATE: Bacup man shoots himself after four-hour stand-off with armed police

Allan Ellis, 50

Police were called at 10.55pm on Wednesday, August 13 to the property on Weir Lane

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A GAME hunter and butcher shot himself following a four-hour stand-off with armed police.

Officers sealed off a residential street as a negotiator tried to persuade Allan Ellis, 50, who had a gun, not to hurt himself.

The former corporal with the Scots Guards spoke to police over the phone on and off after reports of a ‘domestic incident’ at 10.55pm on Wednesday.

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He was threatening to harm himself and when negotiations broke down, officers entered the terraced house and found his body in an upstairs room at 3am yesterday.

A woman, believed to Mr Ellis’s wife Heather, was present during the incident but left of her own accord while negotiations were ongoing, police said.

Mr Ellis, a licensed gun owner, shot himself at the couple's home in Weir Lane, Bacup.

Police are not treating his death as suspicious and nobody else was hurt.

Mr Ellis owned Rushyford Game shop in Waterfoot and supplied meat to farmers' markets across East Lancashire.

He also organised deer hunts, shooting events and ran a catering stand at food festivals.

Neighbours spoke of their shock at hearing of Mr Ellis’ death.

An elderly resident, who has lived in the street for 40 years, said: “My husband went out at about 4.30am and there were three police cars outside.

“It really shocks you knowing that that’s happened a few doors down. It’s just awful. It must be terrible for Heather and her daughter."

Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s terrible to think it’s happened right on your doorstep.”

Mr Ellis served in the Army from 1980 to 1993 when a serious injury forced him to change career.

He then went into hunting venison, rabbit, boar and other game, and selling the meat to Riley’s Butchers in Crawshawbooth, Padiham and Ramsbottom farmers' markets, Clitheroe Show and Stonyhurst College in the town, and Accrington and Rossendale College.

Mr Ellis is thought to originally be from the village of Rushyford, in County Durham, and named his game dealing and shooting ware store in Burnley Road East after his hometown when he opened it 12 months ago.

A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said the case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), as is routine when a death occurs following police involvement.

She said: “An investigation is under way and the family of the deceased are being supported by police liaison officers.”

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1:31pm Thu 14 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

Was he killed or did he kill himself?
Was he killed or did he kill himself? glossopkid
  • Score: -22

3:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

glossopkid wrote:
Was he killed or did he kill himself?
Did you really just ask that...???
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Was he killed or did he kill himself?[/p][/quote]Did you really just ask that...??? rudis_dad
  • Score: 30

8:58pm Thu 14 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

rudis_dad wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
Was he killed or did he kill himself?
Did you really just ask that...???
This story has been updated now do my comment looks silly but it was unclear that's why I had asked. I hope I've not offended anyone as that was not my intention.
[quote][p][bold]rudis_dad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Was he killed or did he kill himself?[/p][/quote]Did you really just ask that...???[/p][/quote]This story has been updated now do my comment looks silly but it was unclear that's why I had asked. I hope I've not offended anyone as that was not my intention. glossopkid
  • Score: 15

9:16pm Thu 14 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

glossopkid wrote:
Was he killed or did he kill himself?
Even for you that was an utterly moronic comment.

Clearly insinuating that the police killed him.
I tell you what, if you think the cops are bad here go and live in Syria and let me know how you get on.
What a flange.
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Was he killed or did he kill himself?[/p][/quote]Even for you that was an utterly moronic comment. Clearly insinuating that the police killed him. I tell you what, if you think the cops are bad here go and live in Syria and let me know how you get on. What a flange. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: -29

9:57pm Thu 14 Aug 14

jussy1307 says...

glossopkid wrote:
Was he killed or did he kill himself?
Fair question id have asked same ....
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Was he killed or did he kill himself?[/p][/quote]Fair question id have asked same .... jussy1307
  • Score: 15

10:35pm Thu 14 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
Was he killed or did he kill himself?
Even for you that was an utterly moronic comment.

Clearly insinuating that the police killed him.
I tell you what, if you think the cops are bad here go and live in Syria and let me know how you get on.
What a flange.
So eventually you've crawled out of your dark spot!!!!

At least I had the balls to apologise, but you haven't the courage to admit to offending me.

Your pathetic and childish. Go an grow a pair!!
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Was he killed or did he kill himself?[/p][/quote]Even for you that was an utterly moronic comment. Clearly insinuating that the police killed him. I tell you what, if you think the cops are bad here go and live in Syria and let me know how you get on. What a flange.[/p][/quote]So eventually you've crawled out of your dark spot!!!! At least I had the balls to apologise, but you haven't the courage to admit to offending me. Your pathetic and childish. Go an grow a pair!! glossopkid
  • Score: 22

11:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

glossopkid wrote:
The Seagull has landed wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
Was he killed or did he kill himself?
Even for you that was an utterly moronic comment.

Clearly insinuating that the police killed him.
I tell you what, if you think the cops are bad here go and live in Syria and let me know how you get on.
What a flange.
So eventually you've crawled out of your dark spot!!!!

At least I had the balls to apologise, but you haven't the courage to admit to offending me.

Your pathetic and childish. Go an grow a pair!!
Don't even dare try and back pedal on this on you spineless bell sniff. You've made yourself look completely foolish and you absolutely know it.
When was the question asked about me offending you on this story? You've just thrown that in to try and deflect your self implosion of idiocy.
I'd wind that one inch pencil neck of yours in if I were you, it's better all round, you won't look like a total moron and you won't have to suffer the embarrassment of people pointing it out to you........."Your pathetic and childish. Go an grow a pair".????????......
Oh dear, I'm almost embarrassed for you.
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Was he killed or did he kill himself?[/p][/quote]Even for you that was an utterly moronic comment. Clearly insinuating that the police killed him. I tell you what, if you think the cops are bad here go and live in Syria and let me know how you get on. What a flange.[/p][/quote]So eventually you've crawled out of your dark spot!!!! At least I had the balls to apologise, but you haven't the courage to admit to offending me. Your pathetic and childish. Go an grow a pair!![/p][/quote]Don't even dare try and back pedal on this on you spineless bell sniff. You've made yourself look completely foolish and you absolutely know it. When was the question asked about me offending you on this story? You've just thrown that in to try and deflect your self implosion of idiocy. I'd wind that one inch pencil neck of yours in if I were you, it's better all round, you won't look like a total moron and you won't have to suffer the embarrassment of people pointing it out to you........."Your pathetic and childish. Go an grow a pair".????????...... Oh dear, I'm almost embarrassed for you. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: -65

11:31pm Thu 14 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

And glossopkid, pressing your thumbs up and thumbs down buttons really quickly to increase or decrease popularity on your comments or others comments respectively doesn't mean you win in the "my comment reads better than yours" competition.
You've even been found out on that score.
It's that pathetic it's laughable.
And glossopkid, pressing your thumbs up and thumbs down buttons really quickly to increase or decrease popularity on your comments or others comments respectively doesn't mean you win in the "my comment reads better than yours" competition. You've even been found out on that score. It's that pathetic it's laughable. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: -61

4:43am Fri 15 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
The Seagull has landed wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
Was he killed or did he kill himself?
Even for you that was an utterly moronic comment.

Clearly insinuating that the police killed him.
I tell you what, if you think the cops are bad here go and live in Syria and let me know how you get on.
What a flange.
So eventually you've crawled out of your dark spot!!!!

At least I had the balls to apologise, but you haven't the courage to admit to offending me.

Your pathetic and childish. Go an grow a pair!!
Don't even dare try and back pedal on this on you spineless bell sniff. You've made yourself look completely foolish and you absolutely know it.
When was the question asked about me offending you on this story? You've just thrown that in to try and deflect your self implosion of idiocy.
I'd wind that one inch pencil neck of yours in if I were you, it's better all round, you won't look like a total moron and you won't have to suffer the embarrassment of people pointing it out to you........."Yo
ur pathetic and childish. Go an grow a pair".????????......
Oh dear, I'm almost embarrassed for you.
Touched a nerve have I?
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Was he killed or did he kill himself?[/p][/quote]Even for you that was an utterly moronic comment. Clearly insinuating that the police killed him. I tell you what, if you think the cops are bad here go and live in Syria and let me know how you get on. What a flange.[/p][/quote]So eventually you've crawled out of your dark spot!!!! At least I had the balls to apologise, but you haven't the courage to admit to offending me. Your pathetic and childish. Go an grow a pair!![/p][/quote]Don't even dare try and back pedal on this on you spineless bell sniff. You've made yourself look completely foolish and you absolutely know it. When was the question asked about me offending you on this story? You've just thrown that in to try and deflect your self implosion of idiocy. I'd wind that one inch pencil neck of yours in if I were you, it's better all round, you won't look like a total moron and you won't have to suffer the embarrassment of people pointing it out to you........."Yo ur pathetic and childish. Go an grow a pair".????????...... Oh dear, I'm almost embarrassed for you.[/p][/quote]Touched a nerve have I? glossopkid
  • Score: 10

4:47am Fri 15 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
And glossopkid, pressing your thumbs up and thumbs down buttons really quickly to increase or decrease popularity on your comments or others comments respectively doesn't mean you win in the "my comment reads better than yours" competition.
You've even been found out on that score.
It's that pathetic it's laughable.
This post shows your frame of mind !!!

Keep up with the assumptions, don't make them true though.
You should really switch off from work!!!!!!!
Thanks for the laff.
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: And glossopkid, pressing your thumbs up and thumbs down buttons really quickly to increase or decrease popularity on your comments or others comments respectively doesn't mean you win in the "my comment reads better than yours" competition. You've even been found out on that score. It's that pathetic it's laughable.[/p][/quote]This post shows your frame of mind !!! Keep up with the assumptions, don't make them true though. You should really switch off from work!!!!!!! Thanks for the laff. glossopkid
  • Score: 8

5:07am Fri 15 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

Watch this space people, HERE COMES THE ABUSE!!!!!!
Watch this space people, HERE COMES THE ABUSE!!!!!! glossopkid
  • Score: 4

7:20am Fri 15 Aug 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
Was he killed or did he kill himself?
Even for you that was an utterly moronic comment.

Clearly insinuating that the police killed him.
I tell you what, if you think the cops are bad here go and live in Syria and let me know how you get on.
What a flange.
If you think the cops are bad here, go and live in Syria? That's not much of an argument is it? Picking a place where the cops are worse.

It's often the same argument when people complain the Government is getting too big for it's boots - Go and live in Somalia.

A worse wrong doesn't make a lesser wrong, right. If the police and government are becoming too powerful, the answer is not to go and live in some third world cesspit, but to change things over here.

Anyhow, it doesn't look like the police did anything wrong here and the comment that brought fourth all this abuse was retracted. What's the big deal?
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: Was he killed or did he kill himself?[/p][/quote]Even for you that was an utterly moronic comment. Clearly insinuating that the police killed him. I tell you what, if you think the cops are bad here go and live in Syria and let me know how you get on. What a flange.[/p][/quote]If you think the cops are bad here, go and live in Syria? That's not much of an argument is it? Picking a place where the cops are worse. It's often the same argument when people complain the Government is getting too big for it's boots - Go and live in Somalia. A worse wrong doesn't make a lesser wrong, right. If the police and government are becoming too powerful, the answer is not to go and live in some third world cesspit, but to change things over here. Anyhow, it doesn't look like the police did anything wrong here and the comment that brought fourth all this abuse was retracted. What's the big deal? BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 18

1:09pm Fri 15 Aug 14

POW WOW says...

If you break the law even to a traffic offence or become terminally ill the Police will confiscate all licensed firearms. Soon after the Michael Ryan Hungerford Massacre which prompted a change in the gun laws, a popular teacher at my high school who was a champion skeet shooter, had his gun licensed revoked and the firearms confiscated simply because he had cancer. The poor man was completely distraught that he simply borrowed his mate's shotgun under the impression that he was going to service it and instead took his own life.
If you break the law even to a traffic offence or become terminally ill the Police will confiscate all licensed firearms. Soon after the Michael Ryan Hungerford Massacre which prompted a change in the gun laws, a popular teacher at my high school who was a champion skeet shooter, had his gun licensed revoked and the firearms confiscated simply because he had cancer. The poor man was completely distraught that he simply borrowed his mate's shotgun under the impression that he was going to service it and instead took his own life. POW WOW
  • Score: 4

1:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

julesw says...

Dear All

I have just come to learn of this tragic news. As a friend of Alans and an avid supporter, I came to know him through my work for Clitheroe Food Festival, and my being in support of local food and drink producers in Lancashire. This is such very sad news, and I am sincerely rocked by it. Allan participated only last Saturday at the food festival, Heather alongside. The many who saw his cookery demo with young Tom, could not but be be impressed at his love of game, of the skills he posessed handling game and working with customers from all over the globe. He had a phenomenal following UK wide with major well known chefs. His NHS experience also allowed him to promote the health benefits of game. He supplied many local to area Chefs and I know for certain he will be a great loss to Lancashire and the UK. Someone who would happily chat all day about his passion and determination to re-introduce/refresh
/encourage people to buy local to area produce. God rest your soul Allan, I never got to go deer stalking with you or a walk on the moors for grouse for the magazine article, we will miss you in the food and drink industry. Julie Whalley
Dear All I have just come to learn of this tragic news. As a friend of Alans and an avid supporter, I came to know him through my work for Clitheroe Food Festival, and my being in support of local food and drink producers in Lancashire. This is such very sad news, and I am sincerely rocked by it. Allan participated only last Saturday at the food festival, Heather alongside. The many who saw his cookery demo with young Tom, could not but be be impressed at his love of game, of the skills he posessed handling game and working with customers from all over the globe. He had a phenomenal following UK wide with major well known chefs. His NHS experience also allowed him to promote the health benefits of game. He supplied many local to area Chefs and I know for certain he will be a great loss to Lancashire and the UK. Someone who would happily chat all day about his passion and determination to re-introduce/refresh /encourage people to buy local to area produce. God rest your soul Allan, I never got to go deer stalking with you or a walk on the moors for grouse for the magazine article, we will miss you in the food and drink industry. Julie Whalley julesw
  • Score: 15

5:29pm Fri 15 Aug 14

claretandbluetoo says...

what's a "Bell Sniff"?
what's a "Bell Sniff"? claretandbluetoo
  • Score: 3

7:03am Sat 16 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

claretandbluetoo wrote:
what's a "Bell Sniff"?
It's verbal abuse!
[quote][p][bold]claretandbluetoo[/bold] wrote: what's a "Bell Sniff"?[/p][/quote]It's verbal abuse! glossopkid
  • Score: 5

8:14pm Thu 28 Aug 14

bridie249 says...

I also new allan,i also warned durham constabulary of his violent tendancy towards me my friends and family,i even spoke to the gun licencing police department,they brushed this under the carpet,as usual if they had done the job properly this may not of happened.and I am personally going to take this up with the ipcc.
I also new allan,i also warned durham constabulary of his violent tendancy towards me my friends and family,i even spoke to the gun licencing police department,they brushed this under the carpet,as usual if they had done the job properly this may not of happened.and I am personally going to take this up with the ipcc. bridie249
  • Score: 0

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