Wednesday 21 March 2018

'Family shot in Turkey were lovely people never in any trouble,' say neighbours

Three members of the same family shot while on holiday in Turkey were lovely people who never got in trouble, their next door neighbours have said.

They named the woman who was shot dead as Anne Bury, 56, from Swainby, a picturesque North Yorkshire village.


Her son Alex, who lived with her and is in his early 20s, was also blasted, as was her mother Cecilia Bury, in her 80s, from Middlesbrough.


Stephen Garbutt, 72, who lives in the adjoining bungalow to the dead woman, 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."


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.


Cecilia was "a real lady", Mr Garbutt added.


His 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."


Mr Garbutt said: "She was always talking about dieting, but she was quite slim and didn't need to."


His wife added: "She was a very attractive lady, so why on earth she wanted to go on a diet..."


Ms Bury and her son had lived in the village for about 12 years, the Garbutts said.


"We couldn't wish for better neighbours," he said.


"Alex is very clever and wants to study to be a doctor. He is so polite and never said a harsh word to anybody, is always very helpful."


They remembered him going to Stokesley High School as a boy when the family moved in.


The Garbutts, who have three daughters and a granddaughter, were distraught at the news.


Mrs Garbutt said: "They were a lovely family and this has broken my heart. It has knocked me for six."


Her husband, a retired chemical engineer, added: "I could understand if they were aggressive or trouble-makers, but they are the one family I would put money on not getting in trouble."


The Britons were allegedly shot by the gardener at their holiday villa in the resort of Dalyan on Turkey's south coast while celebrating Anne Bury's 56th birthday.


Turkish TV footage showed detectives searching the property, where balloons and other evidence of a celebration were still visible.


According to reports, the gardener had argued with the family, who reported him to Turkish police. He was detained, but on his release headed back to the villa and opened fire.


He is said to have given himself up after the shooting and is due in court.


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."


Ms Bury's black 4x4 was parked outside her bungalow, which is set back from the street, tucked behind a former blacksmith's.


The neat home is called A Prima Vista, and is close to the centre of the village which has a stream running through the middle and is tucked below the North York Moors.


A statement issued by the Turkish ministry of culture and tourism said: "The death of British citizen Catherine Anne Bury, and the wounding by shooting of her son Alexander Gerard Bury and mother Cecilia Bury, in Turkey's south-western town of Dalyan yesterday is currently being investigated by the relevant authorities.


"The chief suspect has been arrested and is currently under custody, while a full investigation is under way.


"Cecilia Bury has been discharged from hospital while Alexander Gerard Bury is in a stable condition there."

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