Ex-Bournemouth Councillor Held Over Wife's Death In France

A former councillor from Bournemouth, held over the death of his wife in France, says it was an accident.

Prayssac, France

David Turtle's under investigation after 50-year-old Stephanie was crushed by their car last Friday - outside their home in south west France.

Mr Turtle, 62, and his wife moved to Prayssac on the Lot river - near Toulouse - less than a year ago to run a B&B.

Mrs Turtle, who previously worked at Dorset County Council, died on Friday.

He was arrested by police after, according to French media, her body was allegedly found under the wheels of a car in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Turtle, who was one of three councillors in the ward of Kinson North on Bournemouth Council, resigned last summer having been elected in May 2015.

Commenting at the time, he said: 

``It's been a privilege serving Bournemouth Council and the residents of Kinson North but I've taken the personal decision to live abroad.

``I'm confident, however, that I leave Kinson North in the good hands of my fellow ward councillors... and I'm sure they and my eventual replacement, will continue to serve the people of Kinson North to the best of their ability.''

On a blog the couple set up about their move to France, Mrs Turtle wrote on July 23 last year: 

``So here we are at the beginning of a whole new chapter in our lives, in our new house, in Prayssac, south west France and very excited and nervous we are too!''

Subsequent posts, in which the couple refer to each other as Mr and Mrs T, talk about exploring their new local area and working on La Maison Cedre to prepare it for the arrival of guests.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth office said: 

``We are supporting the family of a British woman who has died in France.''

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