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Families greet Tornado crews following final mission in Afghanistan

Servicemen and women from RAF Marham have returned home following their final operation in Afghanistan.

The force has been there since July 2009 and in that time has played an important role in coalition combat missions.

The final ground troops pulled out of Camp Bastion in Helmand province last month.

As the Tornado jets flew into West Norfolk, family of the 170 ground and air crew were there to meet them.

Tanya Mercer reports

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RAF Marham servicemen and women return from Afghanistan

Tornado jets on the ground in Afghanistan. Credit: Ministry of Defence.

Servicemen and women from RAF Marham who have been supporting NATO operations in Afghanistan have arrived home.

The Tornado jets landed at their West Norfolk base where the crew's family were waiting to meet them.

In total, 170 servicemen and women, including ground crew, are returning.

For more on the squadron's return home, watch Sunday evening's ITV News Anglia at 6.30pm.

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RAF Marham Tornados fly home from Afghanistan

Tornado GR4s from RAF Marham in Norfolk have left Afghanistan and are heading back to the UK after more than five years of operations in the country.

Tornados leaving Afghanistan Credit: Ministry of Defence

The fast jets, from 31 Squadron based at RAF Marham flew out of Kandahar airfield early this morning having flown their final missions.

Tornado on the ground Credit: MoD

Aircrew and ground crew from the squadron have provided vital support to NATO efforts in the country since they took over from RAF Harriers in June 2009.

During its time in Afghanistan, the Tornado GR4 has provided vital information about enemy activity on the ground, using the Litening III and RAPTOR reconnaissance pods to spot potential hazards such as roadside bombs.

The jets have also provided close air support deterring enemy forces by flying low and fast over their location or striking important targets with precision when necessary to do so.

– MoD spokesperson
'Tornado force' Credit: MoD

The Tornado remains the fast jet workhorse of the RAF and has performed superbly over many years in Afghanistan, supplying life saving intelligence and precision weapons in support of our mission there.

The whole Tornado force should be proud or their work and I pay tribute to their professionalism.

– Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon

Air and ground crew will now make their way via RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, to RAF Marham where they will be welcomed home by friends and family.

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British police return from Thailand following murders

British police who travelled to Thailand to review the probe into the murders of Hannah Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, and David Miller are due to return to the UK, having completed their work "as far as possible".

David Miller and Hannah Witheridge Credit: Family photos

Officers from the Metropolitan Police flew out last month to work with the Royal Thai Police after an agreement between David Cameron and military ruler General Prayuth Chan-ocha.

It followed international concern about the way the case has been handled by the Thai authorities.

Mr Miller, 24, from Jersey, and 23-year-old Ms Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, were found dead on a beach on the holiday island of Koh Tao in September.

Two Burmese men, named as 21-year-old bar workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, were charged with the killings and paraded in front of cameras after apparently making confessions, but these were later reportedly withdrawn.

UK police concerns are understood to have been around the verification of DNA samples of the suspects and allegations of their mistreatment.

Scotland Yard said officers will compile a report from their review.

Detectives from the United Kingdom who are currently in Thailand reviewing the investigation into the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller have completed their work, as far as possible,

They will now be returning to the UK to compile their report and to update the families of Hannah and David on their findings.

The police team wish to thank the Thai authorities for facilitating the visit.

– Metropolitan Police

Thai authorities ban some holiday island beach parties following murders

David Miller and Hannah Witheridge.

Thai authorities have banned beach parties on some holiday islands after a Norfolk student and her friend were murdered last month.

23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth, was killed alongside David Miller from Jersey, on the island of Koh Tao.

Two Burmese migrant workers have been charged with the murders. Last week lawyers for the suspects confirmed they had withdrawn their confessions amid allegations they had been tortured by police.

Britain pulls out of Afghanistan, but do those who've lost loved ones think it was worth the fight?

It cost the lives of more than 30 men from our region but after 13 years, Britain's military involvement in Afghanistan has finally come to an end.

The last combat troops have left Helmand Province. A total of 453 British service men and women died in the conflict.

Soldiers from the East have played a key role in the military operation but, more than a decade later, has the fight been worth it?

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Click below to hear from the founder of the "Scotty's Little Soldiers" charity, Nikki Scott

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