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Hannah Witheridge death: UEA tutor remembers "exceptional young woman"

Hannah Witheridge.

Staff from the University of East Anglia say that they are "extremely saddened" by the death of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, after she was murdered while holidaying on the Thai island of Koh Tao.

Miss Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, was a graduate from the university and completed a three year BA in Education in 2012.

She was killed along with David Miller from Jersey earlier this week.

The UEA have announced that the university flag will be lowered in Hannah’s memory on 17 September.

“Hannah excelled in her studies. She was a very dedicated and highly motivated student.

For her dissertation she carried out a study on the importance of outdoor learning in the early years and this was one of the best in the year.

Outside the University Hannah was a very keen equestrian and enjoyed being out and about with her friends. She was an exceptional young woman, much loved both by her fellow students and by her tutors. She was very supportive of her friends and in turn she created very close knit friendships with her peers.”

– Dr Paola Iannone, Hannah’s course director


University of Cambridge rated as the joint-second best university in the world

The University of Cambridge. Credit: PA

The University of Cambridge has been ranked as the joint-second best university in the world, according to the latest QS World University Rankings.

Four of the top ten universities are now based in the UK, with Cambridge sharing second spot with Imperial College London.

The University of Cambridge was rated as the third best university in last year's league table.

The rankings cover a number of factors, including graduate employment and teaching standards.

QS World University Rankings 2014

  • 1.) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
  • 2.) University of Cambridge (UK)
  • 2.) Imperial College London (UK)
  • 4.) Harvard University (USA)
  • 5.) University of Oxford (UK)
  • 5.) University College London (UK)
  • 7.) Stanford University (USA)
  • 8.) California Institute of Technology (USA)
  • 9.) Princeton University (USA)
  • 10.) Yale University (USA)

Police hunt armed robber after convenience store raid

The armed robbery took place at Home Farm Lane Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives in Bury St Edmunds are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a shop in the town.

It happened at 10.15pm on Monday 15 September, when a man went into the convenience store in Home Farm Lane. He pulled what appeared to be a hand gun from his pocket and pointed it at the shop owner. The owner ducked behind the counter and the offender grabbed the whole cash till from the counter and ran with it out of the shop.

The shop owner ran after the man who turned right and through a car park. The offender dropped the till and stole a quantity of its contents before running off.

The offender is described as white, aged around 26-27 years and approximately 6ft tall. The shop has been closed this morning so officers can investigate what happened.

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Thai police question 3 Burmese workers over Brit deaths

Police officers in Thailand are questioning three migrant workers from Burma over the killing of two British tourists on the resort island of Koh Tao, ITV News understands.

Police have released still images from CCTV cameras in the area, one of which shows what police said were the two victims walking together hand-in-hand.

They said a man pictured in a later image, who looked Asian, was considered a prime suspect, but they added they are still following a number of leads in the case.


Driver killed in Porsche-Audi crash named as Luton rugby player

Flowers by the roadside on the A6 near Bedford where the crash happened. Credit: Stuart Leithes / ITV News Anglia

The man killed on the A6 near Bedford when the Audi he was driving was hit by a Porsche that did not stop has been named as a Luton rugby player.

Mark Davey, 33, who played for Luton second team, was on his way back from a match against Bedford Swifts when the crash happened at ten to six on Saturday evening. He was confirmed dead at Bedford Hospital South Wing.

The driver of the Porsche did not stop and carried on driving north towards Bedford along the A6. Officers are appealing to the public to help trace this person and the vehicle.

"Mark was much loved by his team mates and although relatively new to the game loved both the on-field and off-field aspects of it. Whilst the Club is stunned by Mark's passing, this pales into insignificance with that which his family must be feeling at this time. Our thoughts go out to all of Mark's family and close friends."

– Mark Turner, Chairman Luton RFC

Businesses set to benefit from North Sea gas and oil exploration

Nearly 17,000 people work in the oil and gas supply chain in the East of England.

Billions of pounds is about to be spent in the next phase of gas and oil exploration in the North Sea and businesses in our region are getting the chance to bid for work.

An event is taking place outside Dunston Hall in Norwich today where businesses can find out what opportunities there are for them.

Cambridge based author brings Agatha Christies' Poirot back to life

Sophie Hannah has been commissioned by Agatha Christie's grandson.

An author based in Cambridge is bringing Agatha Christies' Poirot back to life by writing a new murder mystery.

Agatha Christie's grandson commissioned Sophie Hannah, a successful crime writer in her own right to resurrect the detective in Monogram Murders.

"To be entrusted with such an important project, very nerve-racking, very daunting - it was very important to me to do a good job and not let down Agatha Christie, her family, her fans - the world."

– Sophie Hannah, Author

Decision to close adult day care centre in Northamptonshire could be reversed

Glamis Hall.

The decision to close an adult day care centre in Northamptonshire could be reversed tonight.

Wellingborough Borough Council made the original decision in June, but a campaign has been launched by those who use Glamis Hall.

Protesters have collected more than 10,000 signatures.

They have collected more than 10,000 signatures. Protesters had even threatened legal action against the authority because they said they had not been consulted when the original decision was taken.

Wellingborough Borough Council says it cannot afford repairs the buildings require.

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