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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


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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Friend of murdered Brit expressed anguish over death

David Miller, pictured, was a friend of Sean McAnna and was planning on meeting up the night he was killed. Credit: Family of David Miller

One of the friends of one of the British tourists who were found dead on a beach at the Thai resort island of Koh Tao has taken to Facebook to express his grief over his death.

Sean McAnna was also visiting Thailand and had planned to meet up with his friend David Miller when he realised they were both on the same island.

"I loved you so f***ing much, brother." Mr McAnna said on Facebook, "I know you tried to save her." - referring to fellow Brit Hannah Witheridge who was also killed on the island.

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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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Family of murdered Hannah Witheridge 'heartbroken'

Credit: Family of Hannah Witheridge

The family of murdered British woman Hannah Witheridge have issued a statement, praising her.

Hannah was a beautiful, intelligent, loving young woman who poured joy into the lives of all who knew her. She was selfless and caring and made each and every day that little bit more wonderful.

Our family are utterly devastated and shocked by what has happened to our beautiful Hannah. To lose her in the way that we have is beyond comprehension.

We are heartbroken and no words can possibly describe how we feel.

As such, we would be extremely grateful to be left in peace while we come to terms with our loss

– Family of Hannah Witheridge
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