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Breck Bednar 'kind, intelligent, thoughtful boy'

Following Breck's death, relatives said they were "devastated" and "in shock". They said in a statement:

He was a kind, intelligent, thoughtful boy with a good sense of humour and was a dedicated student at St Bede's School in Redhill and extremely gifted in computing, electronics, and engineering. His three younger siblings knew him as a kind and loving older brother who always helped out by looking after them. The wider family remember him as a well-mannered, social, and confident boy who was always thoughtful and patient with his younger cousins.

We are all in shock, and so grateful for the thoughts and prayers of friends and family at this difficult time.

– Family statement

Victim's father in court to hear guilty plea

  • After his death, family members said Breck, from Caterham in Surrey, had left home after arranging to meet a friend online
  • Daynes had denied murder but dramatically changed his plea on the day he was due to stand trial at Chelmsford Crown Court
  • The victim's father, oil futures trader Barry Bednar, who is originally from Houston, Texas, was in court to hear Daynes's guilty plea

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Tessa Jowell statement

The Mayor of London has the power to make a profound and lasting difference to the lives of millions of Londoners, and I've made no secret that I've been preparing my plan. But my fervent belief is that London’s best hope for a better future is a Labour Government, so all of my campaigning energy is directed towards helping our Labour candidates in marginal seats win in 2015.

Applications to be Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London don’t open until after the election, so that is the appropriate time for a formal declaration. I’m standing down as MP for Dulwich and West Norwood so that I can fully prepare for meeting that challenge, and I intend to bring a plan for London that will be bold, ambitious, and will meet the aspirations of all Londoners

– Dame Tessa Jowell, Dulwich and West Norwood MP

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