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Pictures: Families join protest outside Foreign Office

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


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.


Mother makes plea to trace her daughter's killer

A grieving mother from Breconshire has made a desperate plea to the people of Thailand for help to trace her daughter's killer. Sue Jones has been speaking at a news conference on the eve of the twelfth anniversary of Kirsty's death

It comes as Dyfed-Powys Police reveal that they are offering ten thousand pound reward to catch the killer. Detectives from the force have travelled with.

Mrs Jones to Bangkok and then onto the northern city of Chang Mai where Kirsty was killed. Jonathan Hill's report from Thailand.

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