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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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Ashya King parents 'do not feel safe' to return to UK

The parents of five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King have said they do not feel safe to return to Britain.

Brett and Naghmeh King are set to travel to Spain after their son's proton therapy treatment came to an end.

The five-year-old has completed proton therapy treatment in Prague. Credit: PA Wire

Asked why he was reluctant to return to the UK, Mr King said there was "so much still at stake" and did not want to risk losing Ashya.

"At the moment we don't feel 100% safe, I suppose you would call it, contemplating being in England until perhaps they do this investigation into how everything was conducted for us," Mr King told Sky News.

"Once that has been established then we can think about going back to England. But for the time being we have been in contact with a doctor in Spain so we are continuing with (Ashya's) treatment in Spain instead of England."

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Ashya King parents release new photos after treatment

The parents of five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King have released images of their son after he finished proton therapy treatment in Prague.

Brett and Naghmeh King sparked an international search when they removed Ashya from Southampton hospital in August without medical consent.

The family are now preparing to leave for Spain after the youngster's condition improved.

Ashya with his mother Naghmeh King. Credit: Family handout
Doctors say Ashya is now well enough to play with toys. Credit: Family handout

Ashya 'responding well' to brain cancer treament

Doctors at the Czech proton therapy centre where Ashya King is being treated for brain cancer, have said he has responded well to treatment. The 5-year-old from Portsmouth was removed from Southampton Hospital by his parents earlier this year, sparking an international search.

Ashya King responding well to proton therapy treatment Credit: PA Wires


Suspected illegal immigrants found in lorry in Kent

Four suspected illegal immigrants have been detained after being found in a lorry full of tyres in Kent.

Kent Police were called to the London-bound carriageway of the M20 following reports of suspected migrants on the vehicle.

The motorway was closed near junction 9 while police removed the people from the lorry.

A force spokesman said the immigration authorities would be informed of the incident.

Portsmouth man killed in Syria

Credit: P.A.

A 24-year-old man has become the third from the same UK city to have been killed in fighting in Syria.

Manunur Roshid was one of five friends who travelled to the war-torn country from Portsmouth, in October last year.

He is understood to have joined up with fighters from the Islamic State of Iraqand the Levant (Isil). Two of his companions, Ifthekar Jaman, 23, and Muhammad Humidur Rahman, 25, have already died.<

Abdul Jalil, committee chairman of the Jami mosque in Portsmouth, said that he understood a fourth man from Portsmouth was also ill in hospital in Syria.

He told the Portsmouth News: "We are very worried. They are on the front line. Five people went there and three have been killed.

"It is a very big shock for their parents and we are working with the community to make sure that [something like this] does not happen again.

"We are working with the police, the crime prevention team and the council to warn people, our youngsters especially, telling them not to go to Syria and also to get parents to watch their children."

"We are aware of reports that a British national has been killed in Syria. The UK has advised for some time against all travel to Syria, where all UK consular services are suspended. As we do not have any representation in Syria, it is extremely difficult to get any confirmation of deaths or injuries and our options for supporting British nationals there are extremely limited."

– Foreign Office

Earlier this month, two houses in Portsmouth, including the family home of Ifthekar Jaman, were among properties raided by counter-terrorism police.

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) have been granted extra time to question two men aged 26 and 23, from Portsmouth, a 23-year-old woman from Farnborough and a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich who were arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

Their detention is now authorised until October 28

Ebola screening at Gatwick

Gatwick airport Credit: P.A.

Screening for Ebola at Gatwick Airport will begin, say Public Health Enland.

It will start in North Terminal, then checks will begin at South Terminal,

followed by St Pancras (Eurostar) later this week, a spokesman said.

He added: "This expands the screening initiated at Heathrow last week, which

is going well. Manchester and Birmingham airports will follow in the coming


"Screening is being undertaken to help ensure individuals arriving from

high-risk areas know what to do if they start feeling ill, and can receive

expert advice immediately. We are also providing all general practices,

emergency departments, and pharmacies in England with awareness posters from

this week. Public Health England will continue to consider other appropriate

additional measures."

The screening is taking place for passengers that Border Force officers

identify as having travelled from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.<

Passengers have their temperature taken and complete a questionnaire asking

about their current health, recent travel history and whether they might be at

potential risk through contact with Ebola patients.<

Based on the information provided and their temperature, passengers will either

be given advice and allowed to continue their journey, or undergo a clinical

assessment by PHE staff and if necessary be transferred to hospital for further


"Screening is being undertaken to help ensure individuals arriving from high-risk areas know what to do if they start feeling ill, and can receive expert advice immediately. We are also providing all general practices, emergency departments, and pharmacies in England with awareness posters from this week. Public Health England will continue to consider other appropriate additional measures."

– Public Health England
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