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MoD: First Iraq air strikes 'successful'

Air strikes by RAF jets on an armed IS position and a vehicle in Iraq today were thought to have been successful, the MoD said in a statement:

Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft have been in action over Iraq today as part of the international coalition’s operations to support the democratic Iraqi Government in the fight against ISIL.

In the course of an armed reconnaissance mission from RAF Akrotiri, two Tornados were tasked to assist Kurdish troops in north-west Iraq who were under attack from ISIL terrorists.

On arriving overhead, the RAF patrol, using their Litening III targeting pod, identified an ISIL heavy weapon position which was engaging Kurdish ground forces. One Paveway IV guided bomb was used to attack the ISIL position. Following this engagement, the patrol identified an ISIL armed pick-up truck in the same area and conducted an attack on the vehicle using a Brimstone missile.

An initial assessment indicates that both precision strikes were successful.

– MoD statement

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Police release details of road closures for Hannah's funeral

A number of roads will be closed in Hemsby on October the 10th to allow the funeral procession, led by a horse-drawn hearse, to travel from Hannah’s home address to St Mary’s Church.

The convoy will travel slowly from Parklands (private road) at approximately 10.45am, along North Road and The Street to St Mary’s Church for the service which starts at 11am. The church service will be followed by a private burial.

The following road closures will be in place from approximately 10.30am and will be lifted while the service takes place. The roads will be closed after the funeral to allow the procession to return to Parklands:

  • North Road will be closed between the junctions of St Mary’s Close and The Street
  • Kings Court (cul-de-sac) closed to traffic
  • · The Street will be closed between the junctions with Kingsway and Pit Road (this closure will remain in place throughout the service and will not be lifted until after the private burial has taken place)

Hannah’s family have also asked that friends and non-invited guests attending the funeral make donations to local charity Faith Animal Rescue instead of floral tributes.

Reward offered in hunt for Thailand killer

Hannah Witheridge was killed on the Thai island of Koh Tao Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thai police are offering a reward of more than £13,000 to try and catch the killers of two British tourists found dead on the island of Koh Tao.

The bodies of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, from Hemsby in Norfolk, and David Miller, from Jersey, were discovered on a beach on September 15.

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

A group of Thai footballers are the latest people to be questioned in connection with the investigation.

Police colonel Kissana Phathanacharoen said a reward of 700,000 baht, roughly £13,300, is now being offered for information which leads to the arrests of the culprits.

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Miliband: Previous intervention gives us responsibility to Iraq

Ed Miliband has said that there needs to be a clear plan on any British military action against IS in Iraq.

The Labour leader said:

Some people would say that our intervention in Iraq means we should not intervene in this case. I think there is a heightened responsibility precisely because we did intervene in Iraq and with all kinds of implications the Iraqi state that has emerged is partly our responsibility.

– Ed Miliband

Thai govt plan to install extra CCTV cameras

David Miller and Hannah Witheridge Credit: ITV News

The government in Thailand says it plans to install more surveillance cameras and better lighting in tourist areas following the death of Norfolk student Hannah Witheridge.

23 year old Hannah, from Hemsby, and her friend David Miller were killed on a tourist beach.

The Thai Deputy Prime Minister said he had ordered the improvements and he had also sent additional police and soldiers to help investigate the murders.

So far there have been no arrests in the case.

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