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Thai murder probe proving 'quite difficult'

Police in Thailand have admitted the investigation into the brutal murders of two British tourists, including Hannah Witheridge from Great Yarmouth, is proving "quite difficult" as they revealed they do not know how many people were involved in the killings.

Hannah Witheridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

Five days after the bodies of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were found with severe head wounds on a beach on the island of Koh Tao, a spokesman for Royal Thai Police insisted officers are "working around the clock to find the culprits" amid fears the investigation has stalled.

Post-mortem examinations revealed Miss Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, died from head wounds while Mr Miller, from Jersey, died from severe blows to the head and drowning. A bloodstained garden hoe, believed to be the murder weapon, was found nearby.

Police Colonel Kissana admitted it was "difficult to say" if the killers were still on Koh Tao and police were unable to confirm if there was more than one murder weapon.

We're working closely with local police, local people and local authorities. The deputy commissioner is in the area for two days in a row.

We can't rule out any possibility. We have not come up with an exact number of suspects.

Last night we conducted a crime scene reconstruction to get a sense of what happened.

It's quite difficult at the minute to identify the suspects

– Police Colonel Kissana

Police Colonel Kissana also said 150 officers had been deployed on the island and senior police officials had met Miss Witheridge's "deeply distressed" family.

The family of Miss Witheridge arrived in Thailand yesterday and had an emotional meeting with Thailand's deputy police chief, in which they were given updates on the investigation into her death.

The bodies of the two young Britons have been moved from a forensic hospital in Bangkok and arrangements are being made by the Thai foreign ministry for them to be repatriated, according to reports.

Have you seen missing Stacey?

Thames Valley Police is searching for a missing girl from Milton Keynes.

Stacey Akers Credit: Thames Valley Police

16-year-old Stacey Akers is missing from her home in Luton. She was last seen at around 10pm on Wednesday but is believed to have been at home at around 9am yesterday.

Police describe Stacey as white, 5ft 4ins tall and of medium build. She has brown shoulder length hair with a red tint. She also has a nose and tongue piercing. She may be wearing a hooded top and blue Nike Air trainers.

She has links to Milton Keynes where her family and friends live.

I am appealing for anyone with any information about Stacey’s whereabouts to contact police. If you have seen anyone matching her description please speak to an officer.

– PC Sandie Ashmead, from Milton Keynes police station

Anyone with information can call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 618 18/9.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Two released on bail following discovery of man's body

Two people have been released on bail pending further enquiries as detectives continue to investigate the death of a man in King's Lynn.

At around 6.15pm on Wednesday 17 September, officers sealed off an area in the woods off Woodside in the Gaywood area of the town, following reports the body of a man had been found.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was confirmed dead at the scene.

The death is still being treated as unexplained however a Home Office post mortem is due to take place tomorrow.

A man in his late 20s and a woman in her late teens, who were arrested in connection with the incident have been released on bail until mid-November.

George North: "Wasps defeat was an eye-opener for Northampton Saints"

George North in action for Northampton Saints against Gloucester earlier this season. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints star George North says his side won't dwell on last weekend's surprise defeat to Wasps.

The reigning Premiership champions lost for the first time this season at Adams Park, but North is hopeful of putting things right on Sunday at Newcastle Falcons.

"Obviously Gloucester went so well, and when you go down to Wasps, it's a completely different atmosphere and a different game.

But for us, it was a bit of an eye-opener and we'll take that on the chin and work on the next one."

– George North, Northampton Saints

Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints, Aviva Premiership, Sunday 21 September, 2pm

MK Dons braced for Alli bids despite midfielder signing new contract

Dele Alli is staying at MK Dons..for now. Credit: PA

Highly-rated MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli has signed a new and improved contract with the club.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Football League, and has reportedly attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are thought to be among his admirers, but Alli has committed his immediate future to the Dons.

The youngster's new deal will run until 2017, but manager Karl Robinson admits that it's unlikely Alli will remain at stadium:mk for that long.

"Dele is an exceptionally gifted player and it was only right that we rewarded him for a fantastic 12 months with this new deal.

Dele will continue to be linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs and it’s inevitable that there will be a time when we will have to let him go, whether that be in January, next summer or whenever. "

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

Sanctions for authorities who sell treasures

The Sekhemka statue sold for nearly £16m Credit: ITV Anglia

The sale of an ancient Egyptian statue in Northampton could lead to new sanctions for museums and authorities that sell their treasures.

Northampton Borough Council lost its accreditation from Arts Council England after selling the Sekhemka statue for nearly £16m.

The Museums Association is now considering tougher sanctions to deter future sales.


Warning over rural crime

People in rural areas are being urged to help police tackle arson and fuel theft.

There's been a number of deliberate staw stack fires in Cambridgeshire in the last couple of weeks.

Police have also had a number of fuel thefts reported. The Country Landowner's Association says people living in rural areas should remain vigilant.

Warning over excessive drinking

The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police says more needs to be done to combat excessive drinking in our towns and cities.

Adrian Lee has made the comments as part of national campaign to encourage responsible drinking.

The Alcohol Week of Action also aims to raise awareness of the drain on police resources caused by drunkenness.

Hospital must stay in special measures

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has been told it needs to improve the quality of care provided and it must stay in special measures for another six months.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Credit: PA Wire

The trust was put in special measures by the Care Quality Commission last year because of concerns over the standard of care.

Staffing levels and staff training are among the areas which still need urgent attention accoring to the Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

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