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Kent student Catherine Zaks found dead in Poland

A University of Kent student has been found bludgeoned to death on a railway embankment in Poland.

Catherine Zaks, whose parents live in Staplecross, East Sussex, was staying in Krakow and had been due to return to the UK soon.

She told her parents she was going to meet someone on Friday and her body was found early the next day.

The 21-year-old was a former pupil of Buckswood School, Guestling, and was reading history of art at university.

Police in Krakow said British officers were helping them with the inquiry.

'Seen at party'

Krakow police spokeswoman Katarvyna Cislo said: "She had been hit by a hard object on the head. It caused her death."

She said detectives had questioned a 30-year-old local man but he was not thought to have been involved.

Polish prosecutor Mariusz Boron said Ms Zaks was probably killed by blows to the head with a blunt tool before her body was found by a passer-by.

Ms Zaks was last seen alive leaving a party at a private home in the early hours of Saturday.

The second year undergraduate had been reading history and philosophy of art in Kent.

'Exceptionally-talented'

She had been working in Poland for a month and staying in a flat with relatives in Krakow.

Her parents left Poland in the 1980s.

Dr Grant Pooke, head of the University of Kent's School of Arts, said people were in "shock" at the news.

He added: "Kate was an exceptionally talented and well-liked student in her second year taking a BA Hons degree.

"She had developed a real gift for journalism and writing, having completed an arts review while in Poland. Our thoughts are with Kate's family and friends."

Ms Zaks, who had joint British and Polish nationality and lived in Canterbury, wrote a blog on art.

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