Jake Davison's dad gives his theory on BBC's The Plymouth Shootings

Jake Davison's dad admits, "I missed so much of Jake's younger years" in harrowing new BBC documentary on Plymouth shootings
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The dad of gunman Jake Davison, who shot and killed five people before taking his own life, has spoken out in a new BBC documentary that delves into the Plymouth shootings.

It has been almost three years since Davison, 22, gunned down his own mother Maxine, 50, in her home in Keyham, on August 12, 2021 - before leaving the house and continuing a shooting spree that claimed the lives of father and daughter Lee and Sophie Martyn, aged 43 and three, as well as Stephen Washington, 59, and Kate Shepherd, 66.

And now, a chilling documentary will air tonight (Thurs) at 9pm on BBC Three, that seeks to delve into how Davison became one of the country's most lethal killers, carrying out the largest mass shooting on UK soil in over a decade.

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The one-off episode will feature interviews with those connected with the case, from police officers on the scene, to those who knew Davison as he was growing up - including his own father, Mark.

As the BBC documentary delves into Davison's upbringing, Mark will reveal how he and Davison's mother, Maxine, divorced when his son was just a young boy - and he admits: "I would have liked to have been around for him more."

Speaking to cameras, Mark has said: "There's things that Jake missed out on when he was little. He would have liked to have had his dad around, and I would have liked to have been around for him."

Jake Davison took the lives of five people, including his own mother
Jake Davison took the lives of five people, including his own mother -Credit:Erin Black/PlymouthLive

Mark also detailed why the marriage between he and Maxine didn't work, admitting: "I was drinking quite a lot those days.

"I used to love the pub. I was getting drunk and getting into trouble with the police. You can only go before the court so many times before they start giving you prison sentences, and that wasn't good for a marriage.

"That's why I missed so much of Jake's younger years. I'd have to go to an access centre to see him, and I couldn't always get there, so it looked like I didn't care, I wasn't bothered. But I was."

Mark also states in the documentary that Jake was "close" to his mum - but that he grew up in a "volatile" environment.

He said: "It was just Jake and his mum. He was close to his mum, he knew her, he understood her. But they used to argue a lot in that house. It was a difficult household he lived in, it was a very volatile environment.

"I knew there was a lot of arguments that went on in that house, but Jake wouldn't want to talk about it. It was difficult to know what to say or how to counsel him."

The dad-of-three explains that he saw more of his youngest son as Jake got older - until he started to "withdraw". He said: "That was around the time he got more and more into that incel thing, which I didn't know anything about until all of this happened."

And towards the close of the documentary, Mark said: "They're the victims, the ones who have lost their family members because my son had a shotgun. He shouldn't have been able to get a gun so easily.

"It's not just a black-and-white situation, there's been a lot of things. The stuff that was going on in that house is what has triggered this. But there was also Jake's mental health and where he was at, and the stuff that he'd been involved in with this incel business. It was an amalgamation of a lot of things."

You can watch the full documentary tonight (Thurs) at 9pm on BBC Three.