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Hannah Witheridge death: University community expresses its sincere condolences to 'a very strong student'

Hannah was about to start the second year of her MSc Speech and Language Therapy. The University community expresses its sincere condolences to Hannah’s family and friends.

Personal Tutor Teresa Eade and Course Leader Dr Wayne Wilson said:

“Hannah was a very strong student who had successfully completed the first year of her Masters. She was quiet, reflective, hardworking and resourceful. She was destined to make an impact in her chosen career in speech and language therapy. She was also someone who had lots of interests outside her studies – she loved to travel and enjoyed horse riding.

“Respected by our staff team and her fellow students, she had developed a strong friendship group both within and outside her course. She was part of a small close-knit group of students who work together and support each other on a highly intensive two year programme. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.”

– Dr Wayne Wilson


800 families contacted over abuse doctor

Dr Myles Bradbury. Credit: PA

It's emerged that the families of 800 children treated by a doctor who's admitted sex assaults have been contacted by authorities.

Paediatrian Dr Myles Bradbury, from Suffolk, preyed on children as young as eight.

He pleaded guilty to 25 sex offences against children at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday.

Dr Bradbury worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital and also held clinics in Ipswich and Colchester.

The families of children who attended these have also been contacted.

Meningitis: What vaccines are available?

Vaccines can protect against some strains of the disease, but not all. Credit: PA

Vaccines can protect against some strains of the disease, but not all.

Children are currently vaccinated against Hib, MenC and 13 strains of pneumococcal Meningitis. A MenB vaccine (Bexsero) was recommended for infants in the UK in March 2014 and is available privately but a timetable for use by the NHS is yet to be confirmed.

The UK Government has also introduced a new MenC booster campaign aimed at students starting university. GPs can administer the vaccine free of charge until 31 October 2014. The booster campaign will be repeated every year until 2017.

New students are at increased risk of encountering the bacteria that cause Meningococcal disease because they are often living in busy halls of residence and in close contact with other new students during fresher’s week.

Students should get immunised at least two weeks before they go away to study.


Hannah Witheridge death: Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis saddened by "horrendous situation"

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has expressed his sadness at the death of Hannah Witheridge.

The 23-year-old grew up in the area.

She was murdered along with David Miller from Jersey on the Thai island of Koh Tao.

"I've spoken to a couple of people who know the family well, and actually I think there's an element of making sure that the family get the space to deal with the situation in the way that they think is right for them.

The grief that they must be going through is something that anybody who has children will struggle to understand.

It's just a horrendous situation."

– Brandon Lewis MP
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'Prime suspect' in Brit murder case caught running on CCTV

ITV News has obtained CCTV footage of a man described by Thai police as the "prime suspect" in the murder of two British tourists on the island resort of Koh Tao.

The two clips show a man police describe as "Asian"running past the camera at 03:44 before reappearing in shot at a much slower pace just over an hour later at 04:48 local time.

The bodies of David Miller, 24, from Jersey, and Hannah Witheridge, aged 23, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, were discovered semi-naked on a beach in the divers' paradise of Koh Tao in the early hours of yesterday morning.

An initial hunt for a British man has been downplayed by police on the island with all investigations currently focused on the new lead, Thai police said.

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