Tributes To North Yorkshire Family Shot In Turkey

11 September 2013, 06:33 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Three members of the same family were reportedly celebrating a birthday when they were shot while on holiday in Turkey.


The woman who was shot dead's been named as 56 year old Catherine Anne Bury, from Swainby near Northallerton.

She was known as Anne. 

Her son Alex, who lived with her and is in his early 20s, was also shot, as was her mother Cecilia Bury, from Middlesbrough.

72 year old Stephen Garbutt 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.''

Alex went to Stokesley High School before leaving to work at a local hotel, the Cleveland Tontine, after taking a year out of university but was hoping to restart his studies in medicine.

Ms Bury and her son had lived in the village for about 12 years. 


The family were allegedly shot by the gardener at their holiday villa in the resort of Dalyan on Turkey's south coast while celebrating Anne Bury's 56th birthday.

Turkish TV footage showed detectives searching the property, where balloons and other evidence of a celebration were still visible.

According to reports, the gardener had argued with the family, who reported him to Turkish police.

He was detained, but on his release headed back to the villa and opened fire.

He is said to have given himself up after the shooting and is due in court.

The Foreign Office said:
"We are aware of the death of a British national in Turkey on September 9. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.

We can confirm the hospitalisation of two British nationals in Turkey on September 9th. We are providing consular assistance.''