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Wartime memories of Red Cross volunteers

In this centenary year of the First World War we've already heard a lot about the bravery of those on the front line.

But there was a quieter sort of heroism going on back at home too - and the Red Cross was at the heart of it. Thousands of volunteers gave up their time to help at hospitals for the wounded.

Elodie Harper has been to Oakley in Bedfordshire to meet the granddaughter of a couple who did just that. Click below to watch her report.

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Suffolk nurse who survived Ebola returns to Sierra Leone

William Pooley at home in Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A volunteer nurse from Suffolk who contracted the Ebola virus after working in West Africa is on his way back there to help others fight the outbreak.

William Pooley from Eyke near Woodbridge, survived after being airlifted to Britain. He's expected to touch down in Sierra Leone again this evening (Sunday 19th October)

He will resume work tomorrow in an Ebola isolation unit run by a charity backed by three NHS trusts.

He said it was an easy decision to return despite the worries of family and friends.

International development secretary Justine Greening said today that the international community had to "take a stand" with Ebola and that European leaders "need to do more".

David Cameron has written to European Union leaders calling for them to double their contribution to £800 million ahead of a summit later this week.

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Police to examine DNA and duress claims in Thai case

British detectives travelling to investigate the backpacker murders in Thailand are expected to focus on independent checks of DNA samples central to the case against two Burmese men accused of the crime and their claims to have been mistreated.

Diplomatic sources said Thailand's military ruler accepted the sending of a delegation to investigate the killing of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller when pressed on the issue by David Cameron during their summit meeting.

Obviously it is for the Thai authorities to lead and carry out that judicial process. But it is important that it is fair and transparent and that both of the families can be reassured that it is the murderers that have been brought to justice.

There are two areas we are particularly concerned about. One is the verification of the DNA samples of the suspects, making sure there is further independent verification. And the second is the investigation into allegations of mistreatment of the suspects. What the PM secured this morning was agreement from the Thai PM that we can send some British police investigators to Kho Tao to work with the Royal Thai Police on this.

– Diplomatic source

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UK police to travel to Thailand to probe tourist murders

UK police have been cleared to travel to Thailand to investigate the murders of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller after the country's military ruler dropped his objections.

The agreement came in a face-to-face discussion between Prime Minister David Cameron and military ruler Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha at a summit - the Asia Europe Meeting - in Italy amid international concern about the way the case has been handled by the Thai authorities.

Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were discovered on a beach on Koh Tao last month.

Miss Witheridge, 23, from Great Yarmouth, and 24-year-old Mr Miller, from Jersey, were brutally murdered on the holiday island of Koh Tao in September.

Thai authorities have charged two bar workers with the murders of the British backpackers amid allegations that the suspects made confessions under duress.

Envoy meets Thai police over murders

David Miller and Hannah Witheridge

Britain's top envoy in Thailand has met police and Burmese officials amid concerns about the handling of the investigation into the murders of two British backpackers.

Court proceedings have reportedly started against two Burmese men accused of killing David Miller, 24, and 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge from Great Yarmouth on the island of Koh Tao.

According to the Bangkok Post three potential witnesses from Burma will now testify at the court.

Mark Kent, the British ambassador to Thailand, said on Twitter he had taken part in a meeting with Thai police and the Burmese ambassador and on the murders.

It comes after a Thai diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Office amid concerns about the police investigation.

Foreign Minister Hugo Swire told Thai charge d'affaires Nadhavathna Krishnamra there was "a real concern" in the UK over the way in which the deaths of Miss Witheridge and Mr Miller have been dealt with.

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