THREE members of the same family have been shot, one fatally, while on holiday in Turkey, it was reported yesterday.
The three victims, all said to be from North Yorkshire, were allegedly shot by a gardener at a holiday villa.
The Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the death of a British national in Turkey.
“We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.
“We can confirm the hospitalisation of two British nationals in Turkey on 9 September.”
According to reports, the family was shot while celebrating a birthday at the villa in the resort of Dalyan on Turkey’s south coast.
The gardener had argued with the family, who reported him to Turkish police.
He was detained but it is alleged that on his release, he headed back to the villa and opened fire.
He is said to have given himself up after the shooting and is due in court.
Neighbours have named the victims as Anne Bury, 56, from the village of Swainby, her son Alex, who is in his early 20s and lived with her, and her mother Celia Bury, in her 80s, from Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough.
The three were described as “lovely people” by their next-door neighbours.
Stephen Garbutt, 72, who lives in the adjoining bungalow to the dead woman, said: “I never ever heard a bad word, or a cross word or anything like that from any of them.
“How on earth they got into this situation, I cannot imagine.
“I have never known Anne, for want of a better word, in trouble.”
Mr Garbutt said his neighbour, who trained as a midwife, had been working for an oil company in Dubai in a health role.
Her son Alex worked at a local hotel, the Cleveland Tontine, after taking a year out from university, but was hoping to restart his studies in medicine.
Mrs Bury Snr was “a real lady”, Mr Garbutt added.
His wife Jennifer, 70, said: “I cannot believe Anne or any of them would say such a thing to get a person in that state. She never offended anybody.”
Ms Bury and her son had lived in the village for about 12 years, the Garbutts said.
“We couldn’t wish for better neighbours,” he added.
“Alex is very clever and wants to study to be a doctor. He is so polite and never said a harsh word to anybody, he is always very helpful.”
They remembered him going to Stokesley High School as a boy when the family moved into the village.
The Garbutts said they were distraught at the news.
Mrs Garbutt said: “They were a lovely family and this has broken my heart. It has knocked me for six.”
Her husband, a retired chemical engineer, added: “I could understand if they were aggressive or trouble-makers, but they are the one family I would put money on not getting in trouble.”
Turkish TV footage showed detectives searching the property, where balloons and other evidence of a celebration were still visible.