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Family arrive in Thailand as police face growing criticism over murder inquiry

The family of a woman from Norfolk killed in Thailand at the weekend have arrived in the country.

Hannah Witheridge who was 23 and from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth was murdered along with another British tourist.

The Thai police force is facing growing criticism for the way it's handling the double murder.

Watch Kate Prout's report here.

Hannah Witheridge Credit: ITV Anglia

Thai Prime Minster apologises for bikini comment

Thailand's Prime Minster has apologised for suggesting that foreign visitors to its world-famous beaches might be unsafe wearing bikinis as the family of a tourist from Great Yarmouth who was brutally murdered at a Thai resort arrived in the country.

Relatives of Hannah Witheridge, whose body was found on a beach alongside fellow British victim David Miller, hugged each other as they prepared to meet Royal Thai Police at their headquarters in Bangkok.

Miss Witheridge, 23, and 24-year-old Mr Miller were found with severe head wounds on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

In the face of mounting criticism, military ruler Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said: "I apologise that I have spoken too harshly ... I didn't mean to criticise or look down on anyone. I can guarantee that Thailand is still safe ... I wanted to warn (the tourists) to be careful."

Earlier this week he had claimed that foreigners visiting the Southeast Asian country think "they can do whatever they want, wear bikinis wherever they like ... (but) will they be safe?"

His comments came as the investigation into the murders appears to have stalled with police having no suspects.

DNA discovered on the body of Miss Witheridge has been found not to match British brothers Christopher and James Ware, who had been speaking with officers.

And migrants, who had been questioned after bloodstains were found on some of their clothes, are no longer suspects after detectives revealed no matches were found between them and two sets of DNA found on Miss Witheridge's body and on a cigarette butt discovered near the scene of the murders.

Royal Thai Police had insisted they had found "strong evidence" in connection with the deaths.

A bloodstained garden hoe, believed to be the murder weapon, was found nearby.

More than 70 Thai police have been questioning migrant workers and tourists on the island, visiting hotels, bars, homes and businesses as they search for the killer.

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Murdered girl's family arrive in Thailand

The family of Hannah Witheridge have travelled to Bangkok Credit: Credit: RTV

Relatives of Hannah Witheridge, the young woman found murdered in Thailand, have arrived in the country to meet police.

Some of Hannah's family hugged each other as they prepared to meet Royal Thai Police at their headquarters in Bangkok.

Miss Witheridge, 23, and 24-year-old David Miller from Jersey were found with severe head wounds on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

Tests carried out on a group of Burmese migrants questioned over the deaths have shown no DNA matches, police said.

DNA discovered on the body of Miss Witheridge has also been found not to match British brothers Christopher and James Ware, who spoke to officers.

Friend pays tribute to Hannah Witheridge

As the hunt for answers over murder of a 23 year old Norfolk girl continues in Thailand friends back home in Great Yarmouth have paid their own personal tributes to the girl who had everything to live for.

At the University of East Anglia where Hannah Witheridge had studied the flag flew at half mast today.

While Hannah was studying she would train with her horse Halle at Easton and Otley College.

Equestrian Centre Manager, Hilary Francois said she was just one of those 'unique people'.

University of East Anglia lowers its flag as mark of respect to former student killed in Thailand

UEA flag lowered as a mark of respect to former student killed in Thailand.

The University of East Anglia has lowered its flag today as mark of respect for a former student who was killed in Thailand.

Hannah Witheridge from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth was found on a beach on Monday morning on the island of Koh Tao - alongside 24-year-old David Miller from Jersey.

Today, the UEA's flag was at half-mast. Hannah graduated from the UEA in 2012. Two British men are now being questioned in relation to the murders.

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DNA test for Brit backpacker quizzed over Thai murders

A British man questioned in relation to the murders of two Britons found dead in Thailand has undergone a physical examination including a DNA test, a Thai police spokesman said.

Colonel Kissana said the man questioned is the same backpacker initially sought by police following the murders on Monday in Koh Tao.

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
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