Cumbria - (OMG!): Did footage of last weekend's Israeli bloodbath raid on a Gaza aid flotilla trigger Cumbria's own horrendous carnage yesterday?
Pals of deranged Whitehaven shooter Derrick Bird said today the 52 year-old cabbie had 'watched with horror' televised coverage of the carnage which killed nine Turkish aid activitsts.
All died after Mossad commandos stormed a Turkish ferry the Mavi Marmara and began firing indiscriminately.
Their funerals were being held today amid calls by the Turkish Deputy PM for an official UN Human Frights Council condemnation of Israel's "piracy, barbarism and oppression".
"Was it the Israeli massacre that put the idea into Derrick's head?" fellow cabbie Dave from Keswick asked today.
"Gawd only knows."
Cumbria police meanwhile continued their appeal today for any information that might help map out Bird's parlous state of mind just before his lethal rampage.
The current total is 13 fatalities with several seriously wounded victims still in intensive care.
An update is expected shortly.