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Surrey Police continuing to investigate Alps murders

Surrey Police said they would continue to work with French authorities on the investigation.

A statement added:

The 54-year-old man, from Chessington, was arrested on 24 June 2013 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and interviewed as part of the on-going investigation.

At this stage there is insufficient evidence to charge him with any criminal offence and no further police action is being taken at this time.

Saad and Ikbal Al-Hilli from Claygate, Surrey and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, who lived in Sweden, were found shot dead along with French cyclist Sylvain Mollier on a remote forest road in Chevaline on September 5 2012.

This remains a French-led investigation and officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team continue to work closely with the French authorities.

We have carried out exhaustive enquiries in the UK on a number of active lines of enquiry under the terms of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).



Background to the PIP breast implant scandal

The head of the French company that is accused of selling 300,000 faulty breast implants has gone on trial.

Here is a look back at the breast implant scandal:

  • Poly Implant Proth├Ęse (PIP) was founded by Jean-Claude Mas in 1991.
  • Before the company went into liquidation in 2011, it is thought around 300,000 women were sold faulty breast implants.
  • Concerns were first raised in France over PIP's high rupture rate in 2009.
  • In 2010, France suspended the marketing, distribution, export and use of PIP implants.
  • The French government said it recommended all women with the implants to have them removed in late 2011.
  • A review ordered by the Health Secretary found that PIP implants were more likely to rupture or leak.
  • Mas offered an apology on April 24, 2013, for the implants, saying: "I apologise to the plantiffs for the gel used by PIP since 1992."
  • The Frenchman and four PIP executives face aggravated fraud charges and face five years each in prison.

Information from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.


PIP witness: 'I was terrified and feel I was poisoned'

by - Consumer Editor

Before she gave evidence, Jan Spivey told me she was determined to speak for the 47,000 UK women who were given substandard PIP implants.

I watched as Jan, who had the implants after cancer, took to the witness stand. At times she cried, but remained clear and determined as she told the court:

I am here to appeal to you to bring all those responsible for terrorising so many women... To bring them to justice.

I was terrified, I feel I have been poisoned.



Families remember World War One soldiers

The families of two British soldiers killed during World War One have finally been able to lay them to rest.

It's almost 100 years since Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard and Private Christopher Elphick were killed in action.

Their bodies were found decades after the war, and its taken years to trace their families, but today their funerals were held with full military honours.

ITV News' Lucrezia Millarini reports.


Funerals for World War One soldiers begin

Members of the Honourable Artillery Company carry the coffin into the cemetery
Members of the Honourable Artillery Company carry the coffin into the cemetery

Relatives of two soldiers who died in northern France in 1917 are paying their final respects at their funerals.

The bodies of Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard and Private Christopher Douglas Elphick were discovered in 2009, but they were not identified till later.

They are now being reburied in the Honourable Artillery Company Military Cemetery.

Both men died during an enemy attack in 1917
Both men died during an enemy attack in 1917

Funeral to be held for soldiers who died in WW1

The families of two soldiers who died in northern France in World War 1, will pay their last respects later, 96 years after they died.

  • Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard served with the Honourable Artillery Company.
  • He was the eldest of three boys in a family of seven and came from South West London.
  • He was 31 when he died near Bullecourt on May 15th 1917.
  • Before the war he was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral

Lt Pritchard's nephew, great nieces and their families will attend the service in Arras in France.

  • Private Christopher Douglas Elphick served in the same company as Pritchard and was killed in the same enemy attack on May 15th 1917.
  • He was born in Dulwich in South London and was 28-years-old when he died.
  • Before the war he worked as a clerk for the Prudential Insurance Company.

Pte Elphick's two grandsons and their families will attend his reburial in the Ecoust-St Mein Cemetery. Prince Michael of Kent will also attend in his capacity as HAC Royal Honorary Colonel.

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