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Prayers and Prime Ministerial apology for backpacker's family

Grace Millane (22) from Essex was found dead near Auckland in New Zealand.

There has been an emotional apology from New Zealand's Prime Minister to the family of an Essex backpacker found dead near Auckland.

Grace Millane from Wickford disappeared over a week ago. The 22-year-old was on a round the world trip.

As police revealed they'd found her body and charged a man with murder, prayers were said back home in her local community.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

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TV news presenter seeks safe asylum in Suffolk after opposing Egypt's military regime

TV journalist Osama Gaweesh is seeking asylum in Britain after speaking out against the Egyptian military regime. Credit: Al Hiwar TV

Osama Gaweesh was once a television news presenter broadcasting throughout the Middle East from a studio in Istanbul.

Now Mr Gaweesh is living in Ipswich as an asylum seeker having been persecuted, he says, for taking part in the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt and then speaking out against its military regime.

He and his family fled Egypt for Turkey where Osama started his journalism career. That apparently upset the authorities back home where his was sentenced in absentia to five years in jail for his work.

When he and his wife were about to go on a short break to the UK, officials at the airport told him Egypt had issued a warrant for his arrest and that he could leave Turkey straightaway but not come back.

Osama's case is being considered by the Home Office but after nine months being separated from his family and unable to work in this country, he says life is becoming increasingly hard.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

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