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Witheridge family say they have brought their 'beloved Hannah' back to the UK

The family Hannah Witheridge said they have brought the body of the British holidaymaker who was brutally murdered together with a fellow tourist in Thailand back to the UK

Hannah 23, was found with severe head wounds next to David Miller, 24, on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

We can confirm that we have now returned to the UK with our beautiful Hannah.

As a family we feel enormous relief to have Hannah back at home where she belongs.

We continue to work closely with officers to assist in the investigation and bring those responsible to justice.

Our family is broken and require time to grieve in private - as do Hannah's many friends. With the support of our fantastic family liaison officers we will make further statements as required and when we feel able.

As such, we would be very grateful for time and privacy to try and come to terms with our devastating news.

– Family statement

Her family said today that they had travelled to Bangkok on Tuesday to bring their "beloved Hannah" home and find out more about the investigation.


Ed Balls leaves player bloodied in football match

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls as he left an opponent bloodied in the annual football match between Labour and Lobby journalists.

Ed Balls makes a tackle. Credit: @CllrSimonHogg

The shadow chancellor was involved in a nasty clash with Northern Echo hack Rob Merrick as the politicians struggled to overturn a goal deficit at Manchester City's Etihad complex.

The pair were contesting a 50-50 ball on the edge of the Lobby penalty area when a stray elbow from Balls left a slash under the reporter's right eye.

Merrick had to leave the pitch for medical treatment as blood covered his shirt - but later returned to be named man-of-the-match.

Prince William: Kate is 'so sad' not to be in Malta

Prince William joining a commemoration of Malta's 50 years of independence is believed to be the first time the second-in-line to the throne has attended a public mass.

Kate was forced to withdraw from the two-day trip - scheduled to be her first official solo overseas visit - as she is still suffering from a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.

Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cambridge in August. Credit: BR/Dana Press Photos/Press Association Images

When William was officially welcomed by Maltese president Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca yesterday, she asked about his wife and the Duke said she was "so-so", adding "she's so sad not to be here".

The cathedral was built in the 16th century as the church of the Order of the Knights of St John, former rulers of Malta and is lavishly decorated in the baroque style.

Protests worldwide ahead of UN climate summit

Demonstrations are taking place around the world ahead of a major UN conference on climate change on Tuesday.

Over 2,000 protests have taken place around the world, including in London.

Vivienne Westwood, Peter Gabriel and Emma Thompson at the London rally. Credit: ITV News

Among the speakers at the New York summit will be Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, who was recently made a UN 'Messenger of Peace' to help promote international action on climate change.

Protesters in Melbourne ahead of the UN climate summit. Credit: PA


Prince William joins mass for Malta's independence

The Duke of Duke of Cambridge joined a solemn mass attended by leading national figures to commemorated Malta's 50 years of independence.

The Duke of Cambridge waves to well-wishers before departing from the independence day service at St John's co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In the majestic setting of St John's Co-Cathedral in the capital Valletta, prayers were said and hymns sung in thanksgiving for five decades of self rule.

Prince William, a last minute replacement for his pregnant wife, sat in the front pew with Britain's high commissioner to Malta Rob Luke during the hour-long mass.

Liberty: PCCs were a 'very dangerous development'

The director of civil rights lobby group Liberty said she was "delighted" that Labour pledged to scrap Police and Crime Commissioners, saying they were always a "very dangerous development".

This was always a very dangerous development from a rule of law point of view, because you directly elect a charismatic individual politician to boss the chief constable around, to hire and fire the chief constable and to meddle in operational policing.

We have seen power being used to influence chief constables, their contracts not being renewed for a long time, we've seen scandals and corruption and I think partly that's why this experiment has now failed.

It wasn't just a failed experiment, it was wrong in principle - democracy cannot exist without the rule of law, and that means independent judges and chief constables.

– Shami Chakrabarti, the director of civil rights lobby group Liberty, speaking on the Sky News' Murnaghan programme

A fine and settled day, dry for most

By Manali Lukha, ITV Weather presenter.

It's a fine day ahead, mostly dry with some spells of sunshine.

The far northwest of Scotland is seeing a bit more cloud, however, and there is the chance of a few light showers across eastern counties this afternoon, with an onshore breeze affecting North Sea coasts.

With clear skies tonight, it will be a chilly night ahead with a grass frost likely in some rural areas. Whilst this isn't unusual for this time of year, it is by contrast to the very mild nights we have seen of late.

Labour: We will replace Police Commissioners

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said a Labour government would abolish Police and Crime Commissioners and give local communities a "policing contract" to enforce priorities like keeping police on the beat.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The model is just fundamentally flawed. It's costing too much. They spent £80 million on the original elections. It will cost £50 million to hold the next elections. It cost £3.7 million to hold the by-election in the West Midlands.

There should be a policing contract with the local community, involving councillors but also giving the public direct access in public meetings

The council and the chief constable should be jointly appointing the local police commander.

– Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper

Speaking at the start of Labour's annual conference in Manchester, Ms Cooper said that the coalition Government's introduction of directly-elected PCCs in 2012 "hasn't worked" and that scrapping the next round of PCC elections in 2016 would save £50 million which could be ploughed back into frontline policing. .

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