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Backpacker Grace Millane missing in New Zealand ‘last seen with man’

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old was backpacking after graduating from university in September Missing backpacker Grace Millane was last seen at a hotel with a “male companion”, police have revealed. The 22-year-old, from Essex, described by her father as “lovely” and “family-orientated”, vanished in New Zealand six days ago. Detectives in Auckland say they have spoken to the man and have identified an apartment at the Citylife Hotel as a location of interest. Det Insp Scott Beard said police “hold grave fears for her safety”. Miss…

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Grace Millane: ‘Concern grows’ for backpacker missing in New Zealand

Image copyright Millane Family Image caption Grace Millane turned 22 on Sunday, but has not replied to her family’s birthday messages Police searching for a British backpacker missing in New Zealand say concerns are growing for her safety. Grace Millane’s father is said to be on his way to the country, where his 22-year-old daughter vanished on Saturday. Miss Millane, from Essex, was last seen at Auckland’s Sky City complex and did not respond to messages on her birthday the following day. Det Insp Scott Beard, of Auckland City Police,…

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Grace Millane: British backpacker missing in New Zealand

Image copyright Millane Family Image caption Grace Millane turned 22 on Sunday, but has not replied to her family’s birthday messages Police in New Zealand are searching for a British woman who went missing five days ago. Backpacker Grace Millane, 22, from Essex, was last seen by her roommates at a hostel in Auckland on Saturday. Her family, who said they spoke to her “most days”, became concerned when she failed to reply to birthday messages on Sunday and said her silence was “completely out of character”. The Foreign Office…

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UK backpacker Sam Oliver cleared of assault: ‘I’m not a thug’

Image copyright PA Image caption Sam Oliver, 23, from Newcastle Sam Oliver should have spent the last six months backpacking around Australia. But after a drunken late-night brawl in Sydney, he found himself at the centre of a media storm and being accused of knocking out former Rugby Sevens captain James Stannard. On Wednesday, after his lawyers argued he acted in self-defence, he was found not guilty of assault. The 23-year-old, from Newcastle, told Radio 1 Newsbeat he wishes none of it had happened. “To go back now, I would…

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British backpacker Calvin Hill ‘stuck’ in Cambodia

Image copyright Huw Evans picture agency Image caption Mr Hill’s weight has plummeted since he has fallen ill A British backpacker who got sepsis after a mosquito bite has been stuck in a hospital in Cambodia for more than two months, his family has said. Calvin Hill, 27, from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, came out of a coma and has been declared fit to fly by hospital staff, according to relatives. They want him home soon amid concern his condition could deteriorate. But his insurer Flexicover said it did not want to…

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