Three members of the same North Yorkshire family have been shot – one fatally – while on holiday in Turkey, it has been reported today. The three victims, all thought to be from Swainby, near Northallerton, were allegedly shot by a gardener at a holiday villa in the resort of Dalyan, it was claimed.
The Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the death of a British national in Turkey on September 9. ”We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time. We can confirm the hospitalisation of two British nationals in Turkey on September 9. We are providing consular assistance.”
Neighbours have named the woman who was killed as Anne Bury, 56. Her son Alex, who lived with her and is in his early 20s, and her mother Cecilia Bury, who is in her 80s and from Middlesbrough, were also shot. Ms Bury and her son had lived in the village for about 12 years.
Stephen Garbutt, 72, who lives next to Ms Bury, said: “I never ever heard a bad word, or a cross word or anything like that from any of them.
“How on earth they got into this situation I cannot imagine. I have never known Anne, for want of a better word, in trouble. We couldn’t wish for better neighbours. They are the one family I would put money on not getting in trouble.”
Mr Garbutt said his neighbour, who trained as a midwife, had been working for an oil company in Dubai in a health role. Her son Alex worked at a local hotel, the Cleveland Tontine, after taking a year out of university but was hoping to restart his studies in medicine.
Mr Garbutt’s wife Jennifer, 70, said: “I cannot believe Anne or any of them would say such a thing to get a person in that state. She never offended anybody.
“They were a lovely family and this has broken my heart. It has knocked me for six.”
It has been reported today that the gardener was arrested on Saturday and held overnight by Turkish authorities investigating a complaint from the family.
It is claimed he then returned to the village in the early hours of Monday, where he is alleged to have shot the grandmother, mother and son.
The mother is understood to have died at the scene, while the grandmother and son suffered gunshot wounds to their back and leg. They are thought to be receiving treatment for their injuries at local hospitals.
The gunman is said to have given himself up to the Turkish police, and is expected to appear in court later today. yorkpress online reported.