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More than 20 families travelled to London for the protest

The mother of a Welsh backpacker murdered in Thailand is supporting a protest by families who have had loved ones murdered abroad. The protest is over the way families say they've been treated by the Foreign Office.

The Foreign Office says it's looking at how it can do more to support families

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Foreign Office looking at how it can 'do more'

The Foreign Office says it "offers particular support" for the families of people murdered abroad, but is "now identifying new ways in which we may be able to do more."

The FCO offers particular support to the families of those who have been tragically murdered abroad, working with a range of partners including the police and coroner services.

We also provide direct funding for some of our partners, including Victim Support's Homicide Service and Missing Abroad, to enable them to provide additional specialist support where we cannot.

We regularly review our policy, seeking feedback from specialist NGOs such as SAMM Abroad as well as from families themselves.

We are now identifying new ways in which we may be able to do more, as part of our focus on the most vulnerable under the new Consular Strategy.

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson

Sue Jones: Diplomacy getting in way of help for families

Sue Jones, the mother of murdered backpacker Kirsty Jones from Brecon, says the Foreign Office "needs to concentrate more on actually helping the families that have lost their loved ones - rather than being so concerned about diplomacy relations."

She told ITV News that she hopes today's demonstration will make an impact - and that the Foreign Office needs to "re-think the way we deal with things when people are lost or murdered or die abroad."

Mother of murdered Kirsty joins Foreign Office criticism

The mother of a Welsh backpacker killed in Thailand is supporting a demonstration by other families who have had loved ones murdered abroad, about the way they are treated by the Foreign Office.

Kirsty Jones was raped and strangled at a guesthouse in Chiang Mai in August 2000.

Kirsty Jones' killer has never been found. Credit: Family photograph

Her mother Sue Jones is upset that about how her Freedom of Information request, to have files on the investigation into Kirsty's murder released, has been treated.

She says that the Foreign Office keeps telling her it is still considering her request, six months later, citing concerns that diplomatic relations may be harmed by the release of the information.

More than 20 families from around the UK are travelling to London to demonstrate outside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office today.

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Gurkha based in Brecon given Military Cross for bravery

Rifleman Tuljung Gurung was given the Military Cross for his gallantry and courage. Credit: PA

A Gurkha based in Brecon has received the Military Cross for his bravery, after a firefight at his base in Afghanistan.

Rifleman Tuljung Gurung, from the Royal Gurkha Rifles, was shot in the head by an Afghan insurgent, avoided being blown up by a grenade, then took the insurgent on in hand-to-hand combat.

He was among more than 100 members of the armed forces recognised in the latest round of military honours, at a ceremony in London on Thursday.

Brecknock Museum awarded regeneration cash boost

A museum in Brecon has been given nearly £2.5m pounds to help with regeneration.

Brecknock Museum houses the old assize courtroom but has been closed for the best part of two years while repairs have been carried out.

But a completion date is finally in sight thanks to the extra money donated by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Our reporter Nicola Hendy has been to take a look around.

Soldier in Brecon training exercise suffered 'multiple organ failure'

Corporal James Dunsby died on 30th July after collapsing on a training exercise Credit: MOD

A third soldier who died following an SAS reservist training exercise in the Brecon Beacons suffered multiple organ failure, an inquest has heard.

Corporal James Dunsby died in hospital 17 days after collapsing on Pen Y Fan on 13th July. Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts also died in the incident.

The opening of an inquest into Cpl Dunsby's death at Aberdare Coroner's Court heard that the 31 year old was one of six soldiers to collapse on Pen Y Fan.

Coroner Louise Hunt said a post-mortem found his died of "multiple organ failure." The inquest was adjourned until September. A full inquest into the deaths of all three men will be held at a later date.

Tributes to reserve soldier who 'adored the Army'

Tributes have been paid to 31-year-old Corporal James Dunsby, who died yesterday in hospital after falling ill during SAS selection training in the Brecon Beacons.

In a statement released through the Ministry of Defence, his family said he "adored the Army" and had the "most infectious enthusiasm for life".

He was the most loving and dependable husband, not to mention the most handsome of men of whom could not be more cherished.

James was and will remain a dearly loved, son, brother and husband. He had the uniquely wonderful ability to endear, enchant and captivate all who he met with his naughty sense of humour and highly intelligent wit.

With James as your friend you were ensured loyalty, strength, allegiance, protection and most of all a damn good laugh.

James adored the army and believed so passionately in his duty as a protector of Queen and country and of the realm.

James was so dearly loved by so many and will be sorely missed. Hurrah and Huzzah for James Dunsby; a greater man you could not meet.

We ask to be allowed to come to terms with our grief and loss of our beloved son and brother James.

– Family statement

Corporal Dunsby had been in a serious condition in hospital after falling ill during the exercise on July 13 - one of the hottest days of the year.

His death follows that of colleagues Edward John Maher and Lance Corporal Craig John Roberts.

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