British cyclist shot by hunter in France

Marc Sutton, 34, originally from Caerphilly, shot while mountain-biking in the Alps

A 34 -year-old Briton has been shot dead by a hunter as he sped down a wooded way on a mountain bike in the French Alps, officials have said.

The victim, considered to be Marc Sutton from Caerphilly, was a eatery proprietor who had been living for several years in the small resort town of Les Gets.

Sutton operated a private cater business in the region and opened his own eatery, Wild Beets Kitchen, earlier this year.

He was shot on Saturday evening as a hunting party beat its path through timbers near the ski resort of Montriond, according to a neighbourhood prosecutor quoted by the Associated Press.

The victim was ” perfectly identifiable” and was on a well-used but hard-to-access mountain track when he was shot by a 22 -year-old hunter, who was taken to hospital in shock.

An inquiry has been launched for exacerbated manslaughter, the prosecutor said.

A spokeswoman for the UK Foreign Office said:” We are in contact with the local authorities about the death of a British soul in France, and we are providing assistance to his family .”

A neighbourhood newspaper, Le Dauphine Libere , reported that the accident had happened at about 6pm on Saturday during a seven-man hunting organized by the neighbourhood hunting association.

The victim apparently died from a single gunshot wind. The being who shot him had not been arrested or billed. The public prosecutor, Philippe Toccanier from nearby Thonon-les-Bains, told local gendarmes to secure the vistum and regain any available evidence.

The accident came scarcely two weeks after the other young hunter in individual regions was sentenced to a year in jail for involuntarily killing a course runner with a single missile to the pate, inducing widespread calls for tighter rules to be imposed on hunting in areas favourite with the public.

While in steady wane, collisions are still frequent during the course of its French hunting season. According to the national hunting and wildlife bureauONCFS, 115 beings were injured in hunting coincidences in its first year to 1 June 2018. Thirteen croaked of their harms, including 3 people who were not involved in a hunt.

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