Shooting survivor returns to UK

Surrey Police has told ITV News that Zainab al-Hilli, the seven-year-old British girl who was wounded in the Alps shootings in which her parents were killed "is returning to the UK" today. She has been in hospital being treated for a fractured skull.

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UK and French authorities 'extremely pleased' with progress made

Surrey Police have said that they had held an "extremely productive" meeting with senior Gendarmerie officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and a French prosecutor and judge leading the investigation into the shootings of four people in the French Alps.

The meeting has been extremely productive and progress has been made in relation to a number of issues arising from the challenges and complexities of an enquiry across two judicial processes in aninvestigation such as this.

The meeting built on the already established strong working relationships between all parties involved.

The UK and French authorities are extremely pleased with the progress which has been made.

– Surrey Police


Police continue search at Alps victims' home

Police search outside the home of Saad al-Halli in Claygate, Surrey. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A police guard remained outside the al-Hilli family home in Claygate, Surrey, today as searches at the detached house continued.

This afternoon officers carried out a fingertip search of the drive, front garden and front hedges. Later, an officer was seen drilling holes into an overhanging roof in the porch area of the home.

Alps witness: 'Victims' inanimate nature made me realise they were dead'

Brett Martin, a cyclist who found the British family in the French Alps has told BBC News he saw holes in the window of their car and smelt "hot, burning rubber".

Mr Martin said he decided to break the window to turn off the ignition, but was unaware that a four-year-old girl was still in the car.

I realised that it was a gun crime. Now I was getting anxious because I thought maybe there is some crazy person in the woods, because the whole area is wooded.

If you have seen CSI Miami, it was pretty much what you would imagine on a set. There was a lot of blood and heads with bullet holes in them.

The thing that struck me was their complete inanimate nature, which is how I assessed, without breaking into the car and physically handling them that they were dead.

– Brett Martin, witness at Alps shooting scene
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