Bodies found in UK-registered car

Bicester Advertiser: The Foreign Office said it was 'urgently' looking into reports of three bodies being found in a UK-registered BMW in the French Alps The Foreign Office said it was 'urgently' looking into reports of three bodies being found in a UK-registered BMW in the French Alps

Three people have been found dead in a British-registered car in the French Alps after a shooting which also left a young girl fighting for life, it has been reported.

The Foreign Office said it was aware of the shooting in the Haute-Savoie region, in which a cyclist is also thought to have died.

Reports said the injured girl, aged between five and eight, was gravely ill in hospital in the city of Grenoble after being found wounded on a road near the village of Chevaline.

Initial reports suggested the girl had also died, but a French prosecutor has said she is in a critical condition in intensive care.

Three of the bodies were discovered in a BMW in a car park near a forest on Wednesday afternoon, according to French authorities, who said the cyclist's body was lying nearby.

A Foreign Office spokesman: "We are aware of the reports of the shooting and we are looking into these urgently."

The website of local newspaper Le Dauphine Libere said the bodies were found near Lake Annecy. The occupants of the car were a man, in the front seat, and two women found in the back seats.

Sixty police officers are on the scene investigating the deaths, according to the newspaper. A large number of bullet cartridges were found at the scene, which has now been sealed off while investigations continue.

According to the official website of the lake, a popular tourist destination, it is known as the "little Venice of the Alps" and is a centre for swimming and watersports.

French journalist Leila Lamnaouer said the grim discovery was made at about 4pm local time. It is not clear if the deceased were tourists or if they lived in the area. She said: "A lot of people are coming here to spend holidays and use the lake because we have a beautiful landscape. A lot of English people live here near Annecy because they love the place."

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