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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.


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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'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

Hannah Witheridge death: Police release image of man considered to be "prime suspect"

This man is considered to be a "prime suspect".

Police investigating the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on the Thai island of Koh Tao have released a CCTV image of a man that they consider to be a "prime suspect."

Miss Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, and Mr Miller were found with significant head injuries earlier this week.

Officers say that the man looks asian and could be a migrant worker, but added that they are following a number of leads in the case.

"We are focusing on migrant workers because of the surrounding witnesses and evidence, including the video footage.

We are sweeping hotels, bars, businesses and residences of migrant workers on the beach to find the suspect."

– senior Thai police officer

Hannah Witheridge death: UEA tutor remembers "exceptional young woman"

Hannah Witheridge.

Staff from the University of East Anglia say that they are "extremely saddened" by the death of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, after she was murdered while holidaying on the Thai island of Koh Tao.

Miss Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, was a graduate from the university and completed a three year BA in Education in 2012.

She was killed along with David Miller from Jersey earlier this week.

The UEA have announced that the university flag will be lowered in Hannah’s memory on 17 September.

“Hannah excelled in her studies. She was a very dedicated and highly motivated student.

For her dissertation she carried out a study on the importance of outdoor learning in the early years and this was one of the best in the year.

Outside the University Hannah was a very keen equestrian and enjoyed being out and about with her friends. She was an exceptional young woman, much loved both by her fellow students and by her tutors. She was very supportive of her friends and in turn she created very close knit friendships with her peers.”

– Dr Paola Iannone, Hannah’s course director
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