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British woman Anne Bury 'shot dead' at Turkish resort

2013-09-10 18:34:31

Anne Bury
Anne Bury was killed at the resort of Dalyan and her son Alex was injured in the incident

A British woman has been killed and her son and mother injured in a shooting at the resort of Dalyan in Turkey, local media reports said.

The dead woman is thought to be from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. She was named locally as Anne Bury, 56.

The Foreign Office said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Turkey on Monday.

"We are providing consular help to the family and confirm the hospitalisation of two British nationals."

A 46-year-old local man is understood to have been arrested and is expected to appear in court later.

The three were attacked at a villa in Dalyan, Turkey

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

According to reports, the family were shot while celebrating a birthday party at a villa in the resort on Turkey's south coast.

BBC reporter Jon Brain, who is in Turkey, said the arrested man was understood to be the family's gardener.

He said there were unconfirmed reports there had been a "heated argument" between the gardener and the family in the days before the shooting.

Ms Bury is believed to have reported the argument to the Turkish police.

'Just unbelievable'

News of the shooting was greeted with shock by neighbours in her home village of Swainby on the edge of the North York Moors national park.

At the family home in the quiet village of Swainby in the
shadow of the North York Moors a single police van
stood guard outside a row of bungalows on Emmerson


Local people expressed their disbelief at the shocking
events which took place in a holiday resort thousands of
miles from home.


Anne Bury has been described by local people as a very
good neighbour - and a woman who always had time to


Some people were too upset to comment on camera but
have said they are stunned by the news emerging from

Next door neighbour Stephen Garbutt ,72, said Ms Bury, whose full name was Catherine Anne Bury, was a good neighbour.

He 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."

He added: "For such a thing to happen in this day and age, well, it's just unbelievable."

Mr Garbutt said his neighbour, who trained as a midwife, had been working for an oil company in Dubai in a health role.

His wife Jennifer said: "They were a lovely family and this has broken my heart.

"It has knocked me for six."

Ms Bury's son 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 described Ms Bury's mother as "a real lady".

His wife also 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."

The couple said they remembered him going to Stokesley High School as a boy when the family moved in.


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