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An academic and student revolution 50 years on

The University of Essex is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 120 students started at the site near Colchester back in 1964. Since then the campus has expanded and 70,000 from more than 130 countries have graduated.

This past weekend alumni returned to their old haunt to reminisce.

Through the 1970s Essex University hit the headlines for its revolutionary students and protests. It also made news for its pioneering research in social sciences.

ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer reports

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Woman murdered on Thai island named as Hannah Witheridge

A British woman killed in Thailand has been identified as Hannah Witheridge, by Thai authorities.

The 23-year-old from Great Yarmouth was murdered last night with David Miller from Jersey on the island Koh Tao.

Hannah Witheridge.

The pair were attacked on their way back to their hotel after leaving a beach party together.


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Dead British tourists found with 'gruesome' head wounds

The bodies of two British tourists found on a beach on the popular Thai island of Koh Tao were discovered with "gruesome" head wounds, police have said,

Colonel Prachum Ruangthong said the man and woman were found on a rocky beach and their clothes and a bloodstained hoe were found nearby.

Police suspect the pair were killed with the hoe, leaving deep wounds on their heads.

Mr Prachum also said police are checking closed circuit TV footage at nearby restaurants, hotels and shops for clues.


Multiple pile-up on M1 leaves woman dead and several injured

A woman has been killed in a six-vehicle crash that caused chaos on the M1 in Bedfordshire for much of the day.

Several other people were injured - some seriously - in the crash involving five cars and a motorbike.

The crash, near junction 12, closed the motorway heading north for ten hours and led to long delays stretching back to Hertfordshire and as far north as Milton Keynes.

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Murdered British pair 'met at party' before attack

Koh Tao in Thailand. Credit: Google Maps

The British man and woman killed in Thailand did not know each other before the night they were killed, ITV News understands.

It is believed the pair were staying at the same accommodation, but only met at a beach party last night.

They were attacked and killed after they left the party on Koh Toa.

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Thai police seek British man for questioning

Police in Thailand are wanting to interview a British man in connection with the murder of two British tourists on the holiday island of Koh Tao, ITV News understands.

Police believe that the man may be a friend of one of the murdered Brits and it is thought he left the island by an early ferry and is heading for Bangkok.

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Female victim checked into hotel three days ago

A British woman found dead in Thailand checked into a hotel with friends three days earlier, ITV News understands.

Staff at Ocean View bungalows said the female victim arrived with three other women.

The male victim she was found with was staying in a different room at the resort, they added.

Police were at the hotel earlier but have now left.

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