UK backpacker dies on Thai island

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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A young backpacker has died on the Thai island where two fellow Britons were killed last year.

The victim, named online as 23-year-old political activist Christina Annesley, died yesterday on Koh Tao, an area popular with tourists and backpackers.

It is the same spot wh ere Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were killed last September. Two Burmese men have been charged in connection with the couple’s deaths.

Reports suggested Ms Annesley died from natural causes.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national in Thailand on 21 January 2014.

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

According to Ms Annesley’s Twitter profile, the aspiring writer was travelling solo as part of a “dream trip” to Thailand.

Friend Natalie Oliver wrote: “The loss of my best friend is awful, but (Christina) will live on in the memories of everyone’s lives she touched with her kindness xxx”

Stephanie Lie, head of communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Still devastated about the tragic news that the intelligent, lovely and fun (Christina) has died in Thailand. She will be dearly missed.”

Ms Annesley was believed to be in a relationship with Olly Neville, a former leader of Ukip’s youth wing who was sacked in 2013 after saying he backed gay marriage.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage wrote on Twitter: “Very sad and shocked to hear of the death of Christina Annesley. Thoughts and prayers with her family and friends.”

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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