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Girl 'mistaken for white widow' offered free Kenya trip

Kenya offers fully-paid holiday to US teenager mistaken for 'white widow' Credit: PA Wire

A 15-year-old girl has reportedly been offered an all-expenses paid holiday to Kenya after she was mistaken for British terrorist suspect Samantha Lewthwaite by police while on holiday in the country.

The teenager, from the US, was harassed by police in Mlolongo, near the capital of Nairobi, for looking like the suspect, nicknamed the white widow.

She and her family have now been offered an all-expenses paid trip by the Kenyan government.

Lewthwaite was married to Germaine Lindsay, one of four Islamist suicide bombers who attacked the London transport network on 7 July 2005, killing 52 people.

The 30-year-old, who has not been seen since she gave Kenyan police the slip in 2011, is linked to Somalia's al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shebaab rebels. The group is responsible for a string of attacks in Kenya, including the assault on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall last year.

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Seven in court following drug raids on 'Benefits Street'

Seven people are due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court today charged with drug offences after a series of raids on James Turner Street.

The road where the drug offences are alleged to have taken place featured on Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street Credit: PA

The group are charged with conspiracy to supply drugs in June last year.

The road in Winson Green featured in the controversial Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street.

British backpackers died from head wounds

Two British backpackers found murdered on a Thai beach died from head wounds, tests have shown.

Post mortem tests carried out in Thailand found Hannah Witheridge died from head wounds while David Miller died from severe blows to the head and drowning.

Thai Police also revealed Mr Miller suffered wounds on his hand, indicating a struggle had taken place.

The pair were found murdered on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

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Eleven Burmese suspects quizzed over Thai murders

Eleven Burmese migrants have been questioned over the murders of British backpackers David Miller and Hannah Witheridge after bloodstains were found on their clothing, Thai Police have said.

Officers said they had found "strong evidence" in connection with the deaths of the pair who were discovered on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

Police Colonel Kissana, deputy police spokesman, said: "We have strong evidence that led us to the Burmese suspects as bloodstains were found some of their clothes. We have got to do whatever it takes to obtain concrete evidence."

First Scots vote in independence referendum

First voters cast their votes in Scottish independence referendum as polls opened at 7am. It is a busy morning in the border town at Eyemouth with the first 50 voters already through the door.

First voters at a polling station in Eyemouth. Credit: ITV News

Nearly 4.3 million people have registered for the vote that is expected to see a record turnout.

'No matches' in British brothers DNA tests in Thailand

DNA tests have found no matches between murdered backpackers David Miller and Hannah Witheridge and two British brothers questioned in connection with their deaths, according to reports.

James and Christopher Ware had not been declared suspects but had been interviewed by police and asked to remain on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand following the murders.

Miss Witheridge was found alongside Mr Miller on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

DNA tests found no matches between the Ware brothers and the murdered pair.

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