8 September 2012
Last updated at 18:05
Police have examined the Surrey home of a British man shot dead in the French Alps along with his wife and two others. Scene of crime officers turned up at the Claygate property belonging to Saad al-Hilli on Saturday morning, three days after the killings, and erected a tent for forensic experts.
Forensics officers began inspecting the outside the house, ahead of the arrival of their French counterparts. The search of the detached house is part of efforts to gather background information about the family.
French officers, accompanied by their British counterparts, arrived at the house in the afternoon. Colonel Marc de Tarle, who heads the National Gendarmerie Criminal Affairs Bureau and is also in the UK, later thanked Surrey Police for its support to the inquiry.
Examinations took place inside the house for nearly an hour. Police are expected to return to the property later.
Floral tributes have continued to arrive outside the family home. Mr al-Hilli, 50, was shot dead on Wednesday, along with his wife and mother-in-law, while one daughter was seriously injured and another traumatised by the killings in the family car while on holiday in the French Alps. A French cyclist was also killed.
At Annecy in France, near to the scene of the shootings, prosecutor Eric Maillaud updated reporters. He said post-morten examinations were completed on Friday and showed all four people killed were shot twice in the head.
French police stand guard outside the hospital Grenoble where seven-year-old Zainab al-Hilli is being treated. She is in a medically-induced coma after being shot once in the shoulder and beaten about the head. Relatives of Zainab and her sister Zeena - who survived the shootings by hiding under the bodies in the car - arrived in France on Friday, accompanied by a British social worker.
Flowers have also been left at the scene of the shooting near Lake Annecy. Police are looking into reports of a green or dark-coloured four-wheel drive vehicle and a motorcycle, apparently seen by the cyclist who discovered the murder scene.