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Grace Millane: Man denies murdering British backpacker

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption Miss Millane had been travelling alone in New Zealand A 26-year-old man has denied murdering British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand. Miss Millane, 22, from Wickford, Essex, was last seen at a hostel in Auckland on 1 December. Her body was found a week later on the outskirts of the city. The defendant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared in the High Court in Auckland. He entered a not guilty plea, and a trial date was set for 4 November.…

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BBC Sound of 2019: Grace Carter interview

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAdele fan finds her own voice The soul-searching songs of pop singer Grace Carter have marked her out as a rising star for 2019. The Brighton-raised, London-based artist has come third on BBC Music’s Sound of 2019, which is compiled using tips from critics, DJs and other music experts to showcase the best new talent for the new year. Carter’s reputation as a singer-songwriter overflowing with talent and emotion has been growing since (real) tears streaked down her face in the video…

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Jennifer Saunders praises Whitfield’s ‘extraordinary grace’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJune Whitfield’s career spanned seven decades Absolutely Fabulous writer Jennifer Saunders has paid tribute to the “extraordinary grace” of Dame June Whitfield who has died, aged 93. The creator of the sitcom, in which Dame June starred, said she would “hugely” miss her “dear friend”. Fellow Ab Fab actress Joanna Lumley praised Whitfield’s “sensational talent” while Julia Sawalha described her as a “great source of inspiration”. Dame June worked in TV and radio for six decades, including Terry and June. She also…

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Grace Millane: New Zealand anger over Google naming murder suspect

Image copyright Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Image caption Grace Millane was travelling the world and came to New Zealand in November New Zealand’s justice minister has said Google could face prosecution for sending a mass email which included the name of the man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane. The suspect was granted a temporary name suppression while he awaits trial, making it illegal to publish his name. The email, which named the suspect prominently, went to people signed up to receive the country’s top trends. Google said it did…

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Grace Millane: Backpacker’s body returned to family

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The University of Lincoln graduate arrived in New Zealand in mid-November The body of British backpacker Grace Millane has been formally identified and returned to her family. The 22-year-old disappeared in Auckland on 1 December. Police ended their search on Sunday after finding a body on the outskirts of the city. Det Insp Scott Beard said: “Grace has been returned to her family and they are in the process of organising to take her home in the next few days. “Work continues to…

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Grace Millane: Solo backpacking didn’t kill her, say bloggers

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption Grace Millane had arrived in New Zealand in mid-November after a group trip in South America The search for British backpacker Grace Millane ended on Sunday when a body was found on the outskirts of Auckland, New Zealand. Grief, anger and messages of support for her family have dominated social media since news of her killing emerged. A man has appeared in court charged with her murder. But among those voices are some who have been repeating the same question: why had she…

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Grace Millane: Man appears in court charged with backpacker’s murder

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old arrived in New Zealand in mid-November for the second part of her round-the-world trip A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane. Miss Millane disappeared in Auckland on 1 December – police ended their search on Sunday after finding a body on the outskirts of the city. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due in court next month. Court documents showed he had been living at…

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Grace Millane: Police identify ‘location of interest’ in search for body

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old graduated from university in September and went travelling shortly afterwards New Zealand Police investigating the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane have identified a “location of interest” as they search for her body. A 26-year-old man currently being held by police is to be charged with killing Miss Millane, 22, from Essex. Det Insp Scott Beard said a scene examination was under way at a bush area on Scenic Drive, a countryside road on the outskirts of Auckland. He said he…

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Grace Millane: Police start murder inquiry

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old graduated from university in September and went travelling shortly afterwards New Zealand Police have announced they believe missing British backpacker Grace Millane has been murdered. The 22-year-old from Essex – described by her father as “lovely” and “family-orientated” – was last seen in New Zealand a week ago. Det Insp Scott Beard said evidence they had located so far told them Grace was “no longer alive”. A 26-year-old man is currently being held in connection with the murder, Det Insp Beard…

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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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