Shooting in Turkey

The body of a North Yorkshire woman who was shot dead in Turkey has been returned to the UK. Her 24-year-old son and 87-year-old mother were also injured by a gunman.

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Body of North Yorkshire woman shot dead in Turkey returned to UK

Catherine Bury was shot dead in Turkey. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The body of a woman who was shot dead in Turkey has been returned to the UK.

Catherine Bury was shot as she celebrated her 56th birthday at her villa in Dalyan earlier this month.

Her 24-year-old son and 87-year-old mother were also injured by a gunman.

The North Yorkshire family's Turkish gardener has been arrested. An inquest into Mrs Bury's death has been opened and adjourned.


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North Yorkshire village prays for Turkey victims

A North Yorkshire village has expressed its shock after three members of the same family were shot in Turkey.

Anne Bury, 56, from Swainby, was shot and killed while her son Alex, 24, and mother Cecilia, 87, were taken to hospital after the incident in Dalyan on Saturday.

Prayers were said today at the Church of the Holy Cross, in Swainby where the family have lived for 12 years.

Village pray for Turkey victims

A North Yorkshire village has been praying for three members of the same family who were shot in Turkey.

Anne Bury, 56, who has lived in Swainby for the last 12 years, died after being allegedly shot by a gardener in the resort of Dalyan on Saturday. Anne's son, Alex, 24, and her mother, Cecilia, 87, who were also shot.

Prayers were said for all three at the Church of the Holy Cross, in Swainby. Rev Linda Shipp said: "'I think the majority of people have just been really shocked and upset.

"It's brought the violence of the world into our little village here, which is not something we're used to."

Family of victims release statement

The family of three people who were shot while on holiday in Turkey say they "cannot comprehend" what has happened.

Anne Bury, 56, was killed in the incident in the fishing village of Dalyan. While her son, Alex, 24, and mother, Cecilia, 87, were both hospitalised.

The Bury family have released the following statement:

"We would like to thank everyone for their warm wishes and condolences at this very sad time.

"Although our family are still deeply shocked and grievingfor Anne, we are pleased to say that both Anne's mother and son are recoveringfrom their injuries and have both been given wonderful care, treatment and support by hospital and consulatestaff and many other local people.

"It appears that the person that Anne employed as a general gardener/handyman, to look after her holiday villas, has committed this terrible crime. We cannot comprehend the mentality of somebody who would do this to three lovely people who would never harm anybody.

"We would like once again to thank everyone for their kindness and offers of help, they are a great source of strength to us. We are sure that you will understand that we would now like peace and privacy at this time so that we can get on with everything we need to do."

– Family of Anne Bury


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Ex-employer of Turkey shooting victim speaks out

The former employer of Alex Bury, the son of Catherine Bury, who was killed during a shooting in Turkey has released a statement.

“Everyone at The Cleveland Tontine is extremely shocked and saddened to hear the dreadful news about Alex Bury and his family. Alex worked at the Cleveland Tontine up until last year as a waiter, over a period of five years. He is a delightful young man, a joy to work with and much loved by customers and colleagues alike. We send our heartfelt condolences to all the family and our hopes for a full and speedy recovery to Alex.”

– The Cleveland Tontine
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Turkey shooting accused claims relationship with victim

A local gardener is said to have admitted in a court appearance that he was responsible for the death of Anne Bury, who was shot dead while on holiday in Turkey.

Veli Acar claimed that the couple had been in a relationship and he was spurred on by jealousy having seen Ms Bury with another man.

Local gardener Veli Acar has been taken into custody. Credit: Albanpix

It is important to stress at this point that this has not been commented on by anybody close to the family.

There is also a lesser sentence in Turkey if somebody is found to be responsible for a crime of passion.

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Woman's son 'tried to talk gunman out of killing'

According to Anne Bury's son Alex, it was around 5am when he awoke to see a man holding a gun in his bedroom.

He tried to explain that there was a way to move forward without anybody being injured but at that point the man left the room and went in pursuit of his mother.

She is said to have run up flights of stairs and lock herself into a bathroom but shots were fired through that bathroom door and she was killed.

We're told the alleged killer flew into a jealous rage when he saw Mrs Bury with another man but it is important to remember that in Turkey offences viewed as crimes of passion are likely to be punished with shorter sentences and these are the words of a defendant due in court today.

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