Police release Alps image

Police investigating the French Alps shooting last year - which killed 3 members of the same family and a French cyclist - have released an image of a man they want to speak to.

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Police trying to trace motorcyclist

An image of the motorcyclist police want to speak to Credit: French police handout

Police investigating the murder of a British satellite engineer gunned down in the French Alps along with his wife and mother-in-law have released an image of a male motorcyclist they want to speak to.

The French Gendarmerie have released an artist's impression of a motorcyclist they are trying to trace who was seen riding in the area between 3.15pm and 3.40pm on the day the murders took place.

They are appealing for who anyone who might recognise the man in the image to come forward.

50 year old Saad al-Hilli from Claygate in Surrey, his dentist wife Ikbal and her elderly mother Suhaila al-Allaf were murdered on a remote forest road near Lake Annecy in southern France on September 5, last year. French cyclist Sylvain Mollier was also killed.

Iraqi-born Mr al-Hilli's eldest daughter Zainab was shot, beaten and left for dead, but survived. Her four-year-old sister Zeena lay hidden under her mother's corpse and was only discovered eight hours after the murders.

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Police spokesman at Alps family home says it's 'safe to return'

Officers at the Surrey home of the French Alps shooting spree victims have confirmed items discovered were not hazardous and said neighbours evacuated from their houses could safely return. A police spokesman said:

Surrey Police can confirm that items found... are not hazardous. The items were found earlier today when the search of the property was extended from the main building to outbuildings in the garden.

The extension to the cordon has now been lifted and residents who were evacuated earlier as a precaution are now being allowed to return to their homes.

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Alps shooting police evacuate homes

Police walk close to the home of Saad al-Hilli in Claygate, Surrey, Credit: PA

Police investigating the French Alps shooting spree today evacuated an area around the victims' home in Surrey due to "concerns" about items found at the address.

Neighbours living close to the property in the affluent village of Claygate were prevented from returning to their houses as detectives examined the mock-Tudor house for clues.

Police said in a statement: "Surrey Police can confirm that due to concerns around items found at the address ... officers have extended the cordon surrounding the property."Neighbours in the immediate area are being temporarily evacuated."

Family friend aids police with probe at Woking police station

A friend of the family has been helping police with the investigation at Woking police station.

The man, who would not give his name, said:

I am a family friend. I have been speaking with police inside the station but I cannot say any more.

When asked if he was assisting with the investigation, he said "yes".

The man visited the family home on Saturday where he spoke with officers.

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