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London Bombings: MFAT Updates 14 to 19

London Bombings: MFAT Update 19 At 0800

The parents of the missing New Zealand woman, now in London, are in contact with the specialist services set up by Britisn authorities in response to the bombing, and have been assigned a Metropolitan Police family liaison officer. They ask that their privacy be respected. We understand that all those injured, and in hospital, have now been identified.

The Ministry call centre remained in operation overnight but there were few calls. To date there are just over 2000 persons on the database, of whom over 1300 had been accounted for. The High Commission in London, apart from assisting the parents of the missing New Zealand woman, have been following up enquiries during the course of Sunday to establish the whereabouts of persons reported as unable to be contacted. However, the number for whom serious concerns are held remains at one.

Although the Ministry is of course open for normal business today, the call centre will remain in operation on its same number 0800 432 111. It would like to hear from anyone who has previously called to register a possible victim and has now been in touch with the individual concerned.

The New Zealand High Commission would remind New Zealanders of the importance of registering their presence in London and would encourage New Zealanders to continue doing so using the simple online registration form on the website www.nzembassy.com/uk

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London Bombings: MFAT Update 18 At 1900 Sunday 10 July

The missing woman's parents arrive in London on Sunday morning and have asked that media continue to respect their privacy.

The High Commission will be focussing on assisting the family in any way it can. Depending on their wishes, London High Commission staff will assist them as they start the search for their daughter.

The High Commission will put the family in contact with and facilitate meetings with the specialist services set up by the British authorities responding to the bombings. A senior staff member will be accompanying the family. The family will also be assigned a Metropolitan Police family liaison officer.

All calls from those who have been unable to contact relatives and friends directly should be made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 0800 432 111. The number of calls continues to drop but the number will be continue to be manned overnight Sunday.

The Ministry would like to hear from anyone who has previously called to register a possible victim and has now been in touch with the individual concerned.

As at 7pm, the Ministry had just over 2000 names on its database. Of these, 1323 had been accounted for, and enquiries are continuing regarding the rest. The number for whom serious concerns are held remains at one.

We do not envisage there will be another update until tomorrow morning.

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London Bombings: MFAT Update 17 At 0900 Sunday 10 July

Calls to the Red Cross have fallen significantly and its call centre closed this morning after operating since early on Friday. All calls from those who have been unable to contact relatives and friends directly should be made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 0800 432 111.

The Ministry would like to hear from anyone who has previously called to register a possible victim and has now been in touch with the individual concerned.

As at 0900 this morning, the Ministry had nearly 1950 names on its database. Of these, over 1000 had been accounted for, and enquiries are continuing regarding the rest. The number for whom serious concerns are held remains at one.

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London Bombings: MFAT Update 16 At 1600 9 July 2005

At at 1400 today, MFAT now has over 1500 names on its database. Of these 804 are persons now accounted for. Enquiries continue for another 700, but at this stage there is only one New Zealander about whom the Ministry has serious concern (see update 15).

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London Bombings: MFAT Update 15 At 1130 9 July 2005

The parents of a young New Zealand woman for whom there have been deep concerns are on their way to London. They have asked that their privacy be respected. The young woman was believed to have been on a Piccadilly line underground train on her way to work and would normally have exited the train at Russell Square. The High Commission will be assisting the parents on their arrival in London.

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London Bombings: MFAT Update 14 At 0800 9 July 2005

The New Zealand High Commission (+44 20 7930 8422) reports only a small number of calls to its call centre on Friday. It will be closed overnight re-opening at 1900 tonight NZ Time. It will be open on Saturday and Sunday in London. When the offfice is not staffed, callers will be asked to telephone the Red Cross on +64 4 495 8111.

New Zealand government agencies in London continue to monitor developments.

London transport is returning to normal apart from services on two main underground lines. Details on www.tfl.gov.uk

MFAT now has over 1000 names on its database. Of these 526 are persons now accounted for. Enquiries continue for another 550 but at this stage there is only one New Zealander about whom the Ministry has serious concern (see update 12).

As at 0700 this morning, the Red Cross had fielded around 1500 enquiries. Details are being processed by MFAT.

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