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Norwich tourist who escaped Tunisian massacre launches appeal for holiday industry

A Norwich man who was on holiday in Tunisia when a gunman ran amok killing 38 people has launched an appeal to help the tourist industry there.

Nathan Priestley has started an appeal to help the Tunisian tourism industry. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Among those who died was Philip Heathcote from Felixstowe in Suffolk and Stuart Cullen, who lived in Lowestoft. With tour operators taking holidaymakers there from all over the region, hundreds from the east flew back in the days that followed.

Nathan Priestley was one of those but he initially gave up his flight to allow others to come home first. The extra time he spent there gave him an insight into just how tough it was going to be for the Tunisian Hotel workers who rely on the tourism trade.

Click below to watch an interview with Nathan Priestley in the ITV News Anglia studio


'DNA evidence could be re-tested' says expert in Thailand murder trial

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller Credit: ITV News Anglia

The trial of two men accused of the murder of two British backpackers in Thailand has heard that DNA evidence can be re-tested.

The bodies of Hannah Witheridge who was 23 and from Hemsby in Norfolk and David Miller from Jersey were found in September last year.

The defence team for the Burmese Migrants Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, who are on trial for the murders say the only thing linking them to the crime is the DNA evidence.

Thai police claimed that the samples had been exhausted and couldn't be re-tested.

But a forensic expert said in court that duplicates of some of the evidence had been made - meaning there is enough to re-test.

The two men deny the charges.

Confusion over crucial evidence in British backpackers murder trial

The trial of two men accused of murdering Norfolk student Hannah Witheridge has resumed in Thailand, despite confusion over evidence crucial to the defence case.

23-year-old Hannah from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth was killed on the island of Koh Tao in September last year. Fellow backpacker David Miller from Jersey also died.

Two migrant workers from Burma have denied murdering them. Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun initially pleaded guilty when arrested but later claimed they'd been tortured by the police to confess.

Their defence team want DNA evidence found at the murder scene to be independently verified, but it's emerged that samples taken at the time could well have been lost.

The trial's expected to last three months, with verdicts to be announced in October. If found guilty, the defendants face the death penalty.


Hannah Witheridge murder trial starts in Thailand

The trial has begun in Thailand of the two men accused of murdering Norfolk student Hannah Witheridge last year.

Hannah was on a backpacking holiday when she was killed, along with fellow Briton David Miller.

Defence lawyers say the men were forced into making confessions, and claim there are discrepancies in the DNA evidence that was found.

Tunisia attack: Book of condolence opens in Northampton

Stuart Cullen and Philip Heathcote were both killed in the attacks.

A book of condolence for the victims of the Tunisian terrorist attack has opened in Northampton.

The Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Phil Larratt, has opened the book in memory of all those people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack at Sousse, Tunisia, on June 26.

Two people from the region, Stuart Cullen from Carlton Colville in Lowestoft and Philip Heathcote, from Felixstowe were among the 38 people killed.

The book will be in the Sessions House reception at County Hall, George Row, Northampton, from tomorrow where employees and members of the public will be able to write their own messages of condolence and sympathy.

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