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Day of national mourning for Italy earthquake victims

Rescue workers are continuing efforts to try to find survivors in the Amatrice Credit: Reuters

A day of national mourning has begun in Italy for at least 281 people who died after a devastating earthquake on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is also due to attend state funerals for around 40 victims in the nearby city of Ascoli Piceno.

Almost 400 remain injured in hospital after the 6.2-magnitude earthquake caused hundreds of buildings to collapse.

Search and rescue operations have been hampered by hundreds of aftershocks since the quake hit mountainous regions in central Italy.

A state of emergency has been declared in the affected towns.

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Tributes to three Britons killed in Italy earthquake

Tributes have poured in for three Britons who were killed by an earthquake which devastated central Italy.

Marcos Burnett, 14, and Maria and Will Henniker-Gotley, aged 51 and 55, were killed when the 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck on Wednesday, destroying the building they were sleeping in.

ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy reports:

Queen gives personal donation to help earthquake victims

The Queen has given a personal donation to help the search and rescue operation in Italy in the wake of a huge earthquake which killed at least 267 and left hundreds more badly hurt.

The Queen has given a donation to the Red Cross Credit: PA

Buckingham Palace said the unspecified amount was given to the British Red Cross, of which she is patron.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have previously said they were "saddened to hear of the loss of life" and sent their "thoughts and prayers" to the "people of Italy, especially the family and friends of those affected".

Aftershocks in Italy 'threatening to cut town off'

The damage by ongoing aftershocks from a major earthquake in Italy is threatening to cut off the town of Amatrice, the local mayor has warned.

Roads are so badly damaged in Amatrice that the town is at risk of being cut off Credit: Reuters

More than 900 aftershocks have been registered since the initial 6.2-magnitude quake struck in the early hours of Wednesday morning, causing more buildings to collapse and hampering search and rescue operations.

Two roads leading to Amatrice have also been badly damaged, putting the town at risk of being isolated from the rest of the region.

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Three Britons killed in Italy earthquake named

The three Britons killed in Italy's devastating earthquake have been named.

Marcos Burnett, 14, was killed

Marcos Burnett, aged 14, died in the 6.2-magnitude quake, along with 51-year-old Maria Henniker-Gotley and her husband Will, 55.

All three had been in Amatrice, one of the worst-hit towns.

Maria and Will Henniker-Gotley

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the news.

It is with sadness that we can confirm the deaths of Maria, 51, and Will, 55, Henniker-Gotley and Marcos Burnett, 14, in the earthquake in Amatrice, Italy on August 24.

Their families have paid tribute to the tireless work of the Italian rescue workers and hospital staff and expressed their gratitude for the love and support they have received from the Italian people. Their thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the earthquake.

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman

Italy to hold state funeral for first victims of earthquake

Some of the victims of the devastating earthquake which struck central Italy will be laid to rest tomorrow, as the Italian government declared a national day of mourning.

The extent of the damage in Pescara del Tronto Credit: Reuters

Flags will fly at half-mast tomorrow at all public offices to honour those killed.

The funeral will be held in Ascoli Piceno and led by Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole, honouring the 49 victims who came from the tiny town of Arquata del Tronto and nearby hamlet Pescara del Tronto.

At least 267 people, including three Brits, have been confirmed dead since Wednesday's quake.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, Italian President Sergio Mattarella will be at the funeral.

Parents of British teen killed in Italy earthquake injured

The mother of the 14-year-old British boy killed in the devastating earthquake in central Italy is suffering from facial injuries including a broken nose, ITV News understands.

The boy's father is being treated for a broken leg.

Central Italy has been devastated by the quake Credit: Reuters

Three Britons, including the teenager, are believed to be among the 267 confirmed dead in the region, which was left devastated by a 6.2-magnitude quake on Wednesday and dozens of aftershocks in the following days.

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