The family of a man from Durham who died in France have accused the Foreign Office of wasting their time and putting them through needless stress and expense.
Andrew Watt's body was found in a country lane 140 miles West of Paris nearly four years ago.
For the past two years Andrew's family have been embroiled in a legal fight with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to gain access to documents relating to the case. They claim that access has always been refused because they were told the documents were so sensitive they threatened relations between France and the UK.
Last week, after a £5,000 legal battle and a 27,000-strong petition, they were finally invited to view the material for themselves in London.
But when they got there they discovered the that documents they had been waiting so long to see contained information they had already been given.
The Foreign Office saysit can't comment on individual cases
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The family of a Durham University student who died in France in 2010 are demanding more help from the foreign office six months after a demonstration in London.
Andrew Watt's family believe the French investigation in to his death was flawed. They'll protest again next week.
Julie and Les Sheppard are travelling from Selkirk to London to demand answers for their son's death.
Andrew Watt died in France four years ago. His parents argue that there was a lack of support from the British foreign office to find out the details of their son's death.
When the son's body returned to the UK it was discovered his heart and brain had been removed.
Last October the pair joined other families whose relatives had died abroad and protested about the lack of support available in that situation.
Julie and Les Sheppard will join other angry families at London's foreign Office on Tuesday at 11am in a bid to get their voices heard.
Ian Reed, Director of the Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial, has been awarded the Order of Merit from thePresident of France. The award is at the rank of "Officier".
The Ordre National du Mérite is one of France's most exclusive awards and has only been given to around 2500 people in the world.
M. Bernard Emié, Ambassador for France, said the award was in recognition of Mr Reed's career, his commitment to the duty of remembrance for the airmen of France and the admirable work over the last 20 years.
We should make more of the war memorials based in this country dedicated to those who served in the two world wars. That is the call from the commission who are responsible for maintaining them.
They say for too long many have headed to the famous sites in France and Belgium, and those here have become neglected.
Today, November 5, the Commonwealth War Graves commission launched a project to get more of us involved in maintaining them.
David Wood reports.
The driver killed in a coach crash in the French Alps has been named as North East man Maurice Wrightson.
The 64-year-old, who was working for Stanley-based Classic Coaches, was one of two North East employees from the bus company Arriva, who were transporting 52 people back to the UK.
The British ambassador to France has visited the hospital where 29 passengers hurt in the Alps coach crash have been taken.
Peter Ricketts, accompanied by the French transport minister and the UK Consular team, has said "they look well" and are being taken very good care of.