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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."

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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.

Firearms officers enter al-Hilli family home in Surrey

Two Surrey police officers carrying Tasers and side firearms spent around 10 minutes in the al-Hilli family home in Claygate, Surrey, before leaving.

A Surrey Police spokeswoman said:

We can confirm the two officers who entered the house were firearms officers.

Firearms officers are routinely deployed on searches.

She was unable to give a reason for their visit.

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Saad al-Hilli's boss 'deeply shocked' by employee's death

On behalf of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Dr Matt Perkins, CEO has issued the following statement.

I am deeply shocked and saddened to confirm that one of SSTL’s long-term contractors, Saad Al-Hilli, has been formally identified as one of the victims of the shootings which occurred in the French Alps.

Saad worked at SSTL as a Mechanical Design Engineer from November 2010. Saad’s colleagues will remember him as an experienced and committed engineer who worked as part of a tightly knit team.

He was a personal friend to many of our staff here.

Saad will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult and traumatic time.

We are a close family at SSTL and our staff are understandably very upset by this event. I ask the media to respect their privacy as they come to terms with this terrible news.

Alps massacre: Caravan cordoned off

A caravan at Le Solitaire du Lac campsite in Saint-Jorioz thought to belong to the al-Hilli family was cordoned off, with its windows taped up.

British national John Hollingworth, 63, is on holiday at the camp and said people were enjoying their stay despite the tragedy.

The Brits were nattering about it, as Brits do, and we were near some Dutch people and they were talking about it, about having paparazzi peeping up over the hedges.

Apart from that, we're sorry for the family but just getting on with the holiday.

– Transport manager John Hollingworth from Devon

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