The three Britons killed in the Italian earthquake have been named

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            	Italy earthquake: Three Britons among 267 killed



The three Britons killed in the earthquake that devastated central Italy have been named as a married couple and a 14-year-old boy.

Maria and William Henniker-Gotley and Marcos Burnett died in the earthquake that ravaged three small towns and has left at least 260 people dead.

A state of emergency has been declared in the areas affected and aftershocks have continued to strike, including one of a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 on Friday morning.

It is believed the Henniker-Gotleys owned a property in Sommati, a village about 1.3 miles from Amatrice.

(Family handout/PA)
(Family handout/PA)

Their two children, believed to be aged 12 and 14, survived but their condition is unknown.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "It's terrible news, so awful. I knew them all very well. They were lovely. They were a lovely family. It's very hard to take in.

"They were very warm and friendly, extremely good neighbours. It's just so awful to think of their children."

Another neighbour, who also did not want to be named, said: "They were just absolutely lovely people. He was an entrepreneur and she was finance director for Children & The Arts."

Marcos is understood to be the teenage son of another family who were staying with the couple.

(Family handout/PA)
(Family handout/PA)

His parents, Anne-Louise and Simon Burnett, are thought to be in hospital and their daughter also survived.

The families of the three victims paid tribute in a joint statement issued by the Foreign Office to "the tireless work of the Italian rescue workers and hospital staff" and "expressed their gratitude for the love and support they have received from the Italian people".

The Queen has made a personal donation to support the work of the Italian Red Cross in the search and rescue effort following Amatrice earthquake, Buckingham Palace said.

(Antonio Calanni/AP)
(Antonio Calanni/AP)

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday: "My deepest sympathies are with the Italian people and everyone affected by the terrible earthquake that struck central Italy.

"British embassy staff are in the region providing consular support, and we have deployed additional staff to support this effort."

Firefighters and rescue crews using sniffer dogs have been working in teams around the hardest-hit areas of the country.

"We will work relentlessly until the last person is found, and make sure no-one is trapped," rescue team spokesman Lorenzo Botti said.