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POLICE hunting the killers of a Surrey family gunned down in the French Alps have held a joint news conference at Woking Police Station.

Surrey Police are assisting French detectives in the hunt for the brutal killers of Saad Al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, her mother Suhaila Al-Allaf and a man who may have witnessed the bloodbath.

Mr and Mrs Al-Hilli, from Claygate, were shot dead in their BMW while on a caravan holiday near Lake Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of the country on the border with Switzerland and Italy.

GUNNED DOWN - Iraq-born Saad Al-Hilli

GUNNED DOWN – Iraq-born Saad Al-Hilli

The couple’s four-year-old daughter Zeena hid under the body of her mother for eight hours before being discovered by French police unharmed.

Zeena’s seven-year-old sister Zainab suffered severe injuries after being shot and beaten around the head.

She is expected to make a full recovery after doctors brought her out of a medically-induced coma on Sunday.

Senior French detectives flew to Britain on Friday to visit the couple’s home while forensic experts carried out a full search of the property.

Baghdad-born Mr Al-Hilli worked for Surrey Satellites Technology Limited near Guildford.

Police are working on a number of theories including that the family may have been murdered by a professional assassin or been the victims of an attempted car-jacking.

Colonel Marc de Tarle, of the Gendarmerie, said: “The French delegation is here in England under the direction of the French Prosecutor, who requests international assistance from Great Britain in relation to a crime committed in France.

“What I can tell you is that our co-operation is very good and the British Police are making a due effort both in human and technical terms.

“I thank the British Police for its great support. Our arrival has been prepared by the services of the French Embassy. The investigation will be difficult and complex.”

Surrey Police Assistant Chief Constable Rob Price said: “This is a French-led investigation. I would like to assure members of the public that Surrey Police will be providing all possible support for this complex investigation.

“As you are already aware we have provided specialist search teams to carry out thorough checks at an address in Claygate and we have also provided a family liaison officer to assist members of the family involved both in France and the UK.

“We are also working with our partners, both locally and internationally, to manage the longer-term impact of this tragic incident.”

French investigators plan to interview Mr Al-Hilli’s brother Zaid after it emerged there may have been a disagreement over a family inheritence.

On Sunday it also emerged that a friend of the family was also helping detectives with the investigation at Woking Police Station.

Italian and Swiss Police have also joined the hunt for a green coloured Peugeot seen speeding away from the scene of the killings.

CHARGED - a man from Pirbright remains in custody

CHARGED – a man from Pirbright remains in custody

POLICE have charged a man following an attempted rape in Woking on Friday.

Mark Scully, 37, of Gole Road, Pirbright, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Monday (July 30).

Police were called in the early hours of Friday morning after a woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted in Greenheys Place, off White Rose Lane, near the train station.

The victim was travelling by train from London Waterloo just before midnight yesterday, when she was approached by the suspect.

After both alighting at Woking railway station at around 12.30am this morning the suspect offered to help the woman home.

She was led to a wooded area where she was attacked, leaving her with injuries to her face and neck.

The victim stopped for help at a nearby address and when officers attended the scene an area of woodland was cordoned off allowing police to conduct forensic inquires.

This morning officers arrested a man in his 30s from Pirbright in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number WK/12/4488 or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to give information anonymously.

ARREST - a man from Pirbright remains in custody

ARREST – a man from Pirbright remains in custody

A MAN from Pirbright has been arrested in connection with an attempted rape in Woking.

Police were called in the early hours of this morning after a woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted in Greenheys Place, off White Rose Lane, near the train station.

The victim was travelling by train from London Waterloo just before midnight yesterday, when she was approached by the suspect.

After both alighting at Woking railway station at around 12.30am this morning the suspect offered to help the woman home.

She was led to a wooded area where she was attacked, leaving her with injuries to her face and neck.

The victim stopped for help at a nearby address and when officers attended the scene an area of woodland was cordoned off allowing police to conduct forensic inquires.

This morning officers arrested a man in his 30s from Pirbright in connection with the incident. He remains in police custody.

Detective sergeant Eddie Poole, of Surrey Police, said: “This was a violent attack on a woman who was simply trying to make her way home from an evening out.

“Surrey Police has specially trained officers who work with victims of sexual assault and we are doing everything we can to ensure her welfare. Officers have been working through the night and have arrested a suspect.

“Inquiries will continue today and I am appealing to anyone who was traveling to, from, or past, Woking railway station between the hours of midnight and 1am last night to contact police.

“I am also asking anyone who was out in the area around Oriental Road, Heathside Crescent and Greenheys Place and who may have seen or heard anything to come forward and speak to us.”

CCTV footage has been reviewed and officers have carried out house-to-house inquiries along neighbouring roads.

The suspect is described as a white man approximately six foot tall, of slender but muscular build with a shaved head.

He was wearing light coloured trousers, a long sleeved top with a motif on the front and carrying a black rucksack.

Anyone with information should contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number WK/12/4488 or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to give information anonymously.

DISCOVERY - police are investigating after a body was found in Goldsworth Park

DISCOVERY – police are investigating after a body was found in Goldsworth Park

POLICE are investigating the discovery of a body found in woodland near Woking.

Surrey Police were called on Thursday (July 26) following reports of a corpse seen in a wooded area in Colliers Close behind the Sythwood estate in Goldsworth Park.

Police confirmed that a body was found at 7am today and immediately cordoned off the area.

One local resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The police were down here and were carrying out inquiries.

“We were told they found a young man. It’s such a shame and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

The death is currently being treated as unexplained but is not believed to be suspicious.

Police enquiries remain ongoing but the man, said to be from the Woking area, was believed to be in his 20s.

NON-SUSPICIOUS - police have called a halt to their murder investigation

NON-SUSPICIOUS - police have called a halt to their murder investigation

POLICE investigating a stabbing in Weybridge are treating the incident as non-suspicious despite initially launching a murder investigation.

Officers and paramedics were called to Queens Road on April 16 where Czech Republic national Marcel Skyba had been found with a stab wound.

Despite an attempt to resuscitate the 43-year-old, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 26-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder was released on bail until June 7.

A post-mortem determined that the preliminary cause of Mr Skyba’s death was stab wounds to the heart.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “A 26-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the death of Marcel Skyba at an address in Queens Road, Weybridge, in April, has had his bail cancelled.”

“Following a thorough investigation, the incident is now being treated as non-suspicious and, pending any further information coming to light, the matter will be passed to the coroner’s office.”

INQUIRY - The Birch & Pines pub in Dartmouth Road

INQUIRY - The Birch & Pines pub in Dartmouth Avenue

A POPULAR Sheerwater pub landlord found dead after an alleged assault died of a heart condition, a post mortem has revealed.

Mick Clark, 58, was discovered on Thursday morning hours after police were called to The Birch & Pines pub in Dartmouth Avenue after reports of a fight in the bar.

A police spokeswoman said a 22-year-old man remains in custody in relation to an alleged fight.

Police were initially called to the property at 1.30am on Thursday after an alleged assault on Mr Clark by a patron.

Paramedics treated Mr Clark at the scene but he declined to go to hospital.

At 12.27pm Police received a second call to learn that Mr Clark had passed away during the night.

Eye witness James Broadfoot, who has already given a statement to police, said: “I tried to stop them. They had a couple of scuffles behind the bar and the police were called. There is always trouble at that place.

“I went in there yesterday to see him and couldn’t believe it.”

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