British mountain biker shot dead by French hunter

Frederick Owens
October 16, 2018

Britain's Telegraph named the victim as Marc Sutton, a chef from south Wales who lived in the Haute-Savoie region of France near the village of Morzine where he and his girlfriend owned and ran a restaurant.

They continued: "We can't describe how completely devastated we are by his death and are all finding it hard to accept that we won't see him again".

Following the incident, Montriond Mayor Georges Lagrange imposed a temporary ban on all hunting activities in the area following public outcry, according to the French paper Le Dauphiné Libéré.

The restaurant owner had been settled in Les Gens for "a number of years", and had many family and friends in the United Kingdom too, said the sources.

The hunting party was making its way through woods near Montriond, the local prosecutor said.

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"We believe that by reducing the size of the hunting zones and the hours allocated - especially at weekends - we will produce a better situation for both hunters and non-hunters".

Accidents involving hunters are not unheard of in France.

Sutton was described by friends as a passionate snowboarder and mountain biker.

It happened during the first few days of the season, which also claimed a 13-year-old boy was mistakenly shot dead by his grandfather with a shotgun.

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