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Hannah Graham's parents 'devastated by loss of beautiful daughter'

The parents of murdered teenager Hannah Graham have said they are "devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter".

In a statement John and Sue Graham thanked police, emergency workers and hundreds of volunteers who searched for Hannah, whose remains were discovered five days ago.

"Please continue to hold these families in your thoughts and prayers," they added.

Police had already charged 32-year-old Jesse Matthew Jr with her disappearance.

The Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney's Office said they would now determine what charges will be brought against him.

He is further charged in connection with the disappearance of another woman, Morgan Harrington, whose body was discovered in 2010.

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Remains found in US confirmed to be UK-born student

Human remains found in rural Virginia are those of British-born missing student Hannah Graham, US police have confirmed.

The University of Virginia student, 18, had been missing since September 13. Credit: Charlottesville, Va., Police Dept.

Thousands of volunteers had searched for the University of Virginia student, who lived in Fairfax in the state, since her disappearance in September.

Her remains were found last weekend on an abandoned property near the university campus in Charlottesville.

Local man Jesse Matthew Jr., 32, has been charged in her disappearance.

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Police: Body 'may be missing student Hannah Graham'

Missing University of Virginia student Hannah Elizabeth Graham is seen in an undated photo provided by the Charlottesville, Va., Police Department. Credit: Charlottesville, Va., Police Dept.

Police in the US say they have found human remains that could be those of a British-born University of Virginia student who has been missing since September 13.

The remains were found on an abandoned property in Virginia's southern Albemarle county by police.

Police chief Tim Longo said that further forensic tests would be conducted to confirm that the remains were those of Hannah Graham.

Thousands of volunteers had searched for the 18-year-old in the weeks since her disappearance.

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr, 32, has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Ms Graham.

Virginia State Police have said that the suspect's arrest provided a "forensic link" to the 2009 unsolved murder of Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old who also went missing from Charlottesville.

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Driving licence fees to be slashed by 32%

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Driving fees will be slashed by 32% from October 31, the government has announced.

Under the new rules the cost of a provisional driving licence online will drop from £50 to £34.

And online licence renewals due every 10 years will fall from £20 to £14.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander said the move was designed to "give savings back to the taxpayer".

The fee for driver tachograph cards - used by businesses to record how far their staff are driving - have also been cut from £38 to £32.

It is expected to save drivers and businesses £150 million over the next 10 years.

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Future of Ebbsfleet under discussion

Architects, investors and political leaders attended a planning summit today to discuss multi-billion pound schemes set to transform north Kent.

First and foremost - the creation of a new garden city at Ebbsfleet, where the first homes are now under construction. Then there is Paramount Park, the vast entertainment resort proposed for the Swanscombe Peninsula between Gravesend and Dartford.

Also - the prospect of a second Thames crossing. And the possibility of Crossrail being extended to Ebbsfleet. David Johns reports.

He spoke to design expert Chris Lamb; architect Sir Terry Farrell; and Councillor Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council.

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