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Two Cambridge teenagers reportedly set to face trial over 'Auschwitz thefts'

The Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Credit: PA

It's been reported that two pupils at a private school in Cambridge are to face trial in Poland after they were accused of stealing artefacts from the Auschwitz concentration camp.

It's alleged the pair, who were 17 at the time and attending the Perse School, were seen by guards at Auschwitz picking up buttons and fragments of a spoon.

The teenagers attended the Perse School. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In June the school said they had been fined after admitting responsibility but now its believed they have changed their minds and will face trial in Poland.

The maximum sentence is 10 years. So far the school hasn't commented.

Hundreds turn up for special concert in memory of Paris victim Nick Alexander

Nick Alexander (left) was killed in the Paris attacks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 400 people turned out at Colchester Arts centre last night for a tribute evening for Nick Alexander - the British victim of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Hundreds turned up for the event in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia

He went to school in the town and worked at the Arts Centre.

Close friends joined a DJ in celebration of his life. Find below is our full report.


Thai murders: Burma military chief urges review of verdicts

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were murdered in 2014 Credit: PA

The head of Burma's military has called on the Thai government to review the conviction of two men for the murders of two British backpackers.

Burmese migrants Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, also known as Win Zaw Htun, were found guilty last week at a court in Thailand of killing Hannah Witheridge from Norfolk and David Miller from Jersey.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun have been convicted of murder Credit: Reuters

The pair, both bar workers, say Thai police tortured them into confessing to the killing on September 15 last year and will appeal against their sentences.

The force has defended its investigation, but since the conviction there have been daily protests in Burma. State media has reported General Min Aung Hlaing calling for a "review of the evidence" and to "avoid a situation in which the innocent ... were wrongly punished".

This follows a statement made earlier this week by Amnesty International for a full investigation into claims the two men were tortured.

But despite the concerns, the brother of one of the victims David Miller said he felt the "correct decision" had been reached in the case.

Investigation needed into 'torture' claims of Thailand backpacker murderers, Amnesty International says

Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk, and David Miller, 24, from Jersey

Human rights charity Amnesty International has called for a full investigation into whether two men convicted of rape and murder after the deaths of two British backpackers were tortured.

The bodies of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were discovered on the island of Koh Tao in September last year.

Burmese migrants Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, also known as Win Zaw Htun, initially confessed to the murders but later retracted their statements, claiming they had been tortured.

Neither of the men - both aged 22 displayed any emotion as they were found guilty of murder and rape and issued with the death penalty. They are set to appeal, their legal team has confirmed.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun have been convicted of murder Credit: Reuters

Amnesty International's south-east Asia director Champa Patel said the Thai authorities needed to ensure any alleged confession obtained through torture could not be admitted in court.

This requires an independent investigation, which the police should certainly not be in charge of.

The Thai police force has a long and disturbing track record of using torture and other forms of ill-treatment to extract 'confessions'. This is far from an isolated case.

The Thai authorities must start taking concrete steps to stamp out torture, not just paying lip service to doing so.


Funeral for British victim of Paris attacks

Nick Alexander.

The funeral of a man from Essex who was killed in last month's terrorist attacks in Paris has taken place this lunchtime.

Mourners turned out in their droves at St Andrew's Church in Weeley to pay their final respects to Nick Alexander.

He was selling t-shirts at the Eagles Of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan when the venue was stormed by terrorists.

A memorial fund set up in his honour has now raised £70,000.

Read more: Memorial fund for Paris attack victim reaches £70,000

Memorial fund for Paris attack victim reaches £70,000

Nick Alexander was shot dead at the Bataclan concert hall.

A memorial fund set up in honour of the Eagles Of Death Metal merchandise seller killed during terror attacks in Paris has reached £70,000.

Nick Alexander from Colchester in Essex was one of 118 people who lost their lives during the band’s gig at the Bataclan theatre.

Six days ago Nick’s sister Zoe wrote on the memorial page.

“We, Nick's family, are truly overwhelmed by the unbelievable support we have been shown from across the world. We knew Nick had a lot of friends and had touched a lot of lives but we had no idea quite how many. To see donations from people who never met Nick but have been touched by his story alongside those from friends and colleagues in the music world is unbelievably touching and we cannot thank you enough for your kindness and support.“

The money is being used to cover his funeral and memorial costs and the remainder will be held in the charitable trust his family are setting up in Nick’s name.


Luton-based TUI reveal costs of Tunisia beach attacks

38 people were killed in the Tunisia attacks. Credit: ITV News

Luton-based travel firm TUI, which owns Thomson and First Choice, says the Tunisia beach massacre in June has cost it over £37 million.

TUI boss Peter Long said it was "the most tragic events he'd ever had to deal with."

However, strong trading and currency exchange rates saw underlying earnings top the £775 million mark for the year.

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