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Llanelli backpacker found dead in Thailand

Jack Davies, also known as Jay, was found dead while travelling in Thailand. Credit: Wales News Service

A 21-year-old backpacker from Llanelli has been found dead while travelling in Thailand.

Jack Davies, also known as Jay, was staying on the island of Ko Phi Phi, off the coast of Phuket, when he is understood to have died suddenly.

The cause of his death is still being investigated.

In a statement, his parents Christine and Jonathan Davies said: "He was a lovely boy and everybody loved him."

Mr Davies, who was a former pupil of Old Road Primary School, Bryngwyn Comprehensive and Coleg Sir Gar, had been following his dream of travelling.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Ko Phi Phi, Thailand, on 24 August 2014.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Cardiff gets taste of Thailand in first city festival

Cardiff hosts Wales' first ever Thai Festival this weekend, bringing together cultural entertainment, food, dancing and music.

Organisers say the festival will promote an understanding of Thai culture among the people of Cardiff, many of whom will have their own cultural connections from across the world.

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"The Wales Thai Festival looks like an exciting new addition to the summer's diverse events calendar. I'm sure it will be a great opportunity for families to learn more about the country and its vibrant culture."

– Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cardiff

Fashion conscious visitors to Cardiff's Coopers Field will also be able to experience colour patterned silks and intricate embroidery work typical of traditional Thai dress.

The costumes on display are the work of Saowanee Jones, who moved to Wales from Thailand over 11 years ago. Soawanee described the festival as "a little taste of Thailand in Cardiff."

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A wide range of stalls will include freshly cooked Thai food, a Thai beer garden, souvenirs and children's rides, while there will also be an energetic display of Muay Thai Boxing.


£100k needed to fly sick brother home from Thailand

An ex-soldier from Pontypool is desperately trying to raise £100,000 to fly his sick brother home from Thailand.

Dave Kyffin, who served in the Royal Anglian Regiment, needs the money to pay for a special medical flight.

His brother Stuart suffered severe head injuries in a motorbike accident two weeks ago.

He had been living in Thailand for several years but planned to return to the UK shortly.

He too had a military career spanning more than 20 years.

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.

Killer remains at large 13 years after backpacker's murder

Kirsty Jones was killed in Thailand in 2000 Credit: ITV News Wales

The mother of a young Welsh woman murdered while travelling in Thailand remains optimistic that her daughter's killer will be caught.

23-year-old Kirsty Jones, from Powys, was strangled at a guesthouse in Chiang Mai. She was three months into a two-year trip around the world.

Thirteen years on, despite appeals and a £10,000 reward, Kirsty's killer has never been found.

Kirsty's mother, Mrs Jones, said,"It's a detectable case. I will not give up on Kirsty, she is my first born and my daughter and she deserves justice. I want to find out what happened that night. I believe there are many unanswered questions and stages of the investigation need to be followed up."

Dyfed Powys Police have been helping the Thai authorities and last year, uncovered a DNA profile at the murder.

Genetic profilers have not yet found a match in Thailand's 80,000 strong DNA database.

DSI officials also plan to travel to the UK to re-interview witnesses who were staying in Chiang Mai at the time.

Detective Superintendent Andy John said, "Dyfed Powys Police have also been granted permission to access the material retained by the Thai authorities relating to the case, to review and provide any investigative guidance and support."

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