Freed hostage back home

Freed hostage Judith Tebbutt from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire his back in the UK.

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Freed Hertfordshire hostage back in Britain

Judith Tebbutt from Bishop's Storford, Hertfordshire who was held hostage in Africa for more than six months. Credit: ITV News

A Hertfordshire woman snatched by pirates from an east African island flew back to Britain on Friday night after being released from captivity. Judith Tebbutt from Bishop's Stortford had been held hostage for more than six months after she was kidnapped off the Kenyan coast.

Mrs Tebbutt arrived at Heathrow's Terminal Three at 6.40pm, on a Virgin flight from Nairobi.After landing, Mrs Tebbutt, 57, was taken by uniformed officials to a secure area in Terminal Five. She was driven away in an unmarked police convoy at 7.40pm without speaking to reporters at the airport.

Freed Hertfordshire hostage back in UK

A woman from Hertfordshire snatched by pirates from an east African island flew back to Britain on Friday night after being released from captivity.

Judith Tebbutt from Bishop's Stortford had been held hostage for more than six months after she was kidnapped off the Kenyan coast, and has said she was "hugely relieved" to be free. Her husband, David, was killed in the kidnapping.

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Ransom paid to Somali pirates may have been £800,000

It's believed that a ransom of up to 800,000 pounds may have been paid for the release of Judith Tebbutt, the woman from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire who was kidnapped by Somali pirates.

Judith and her husband David were captured more than 6 months ago, while on holiday at the Kiwayu Safari Lodge resort in Kenya. He was shot dead during the abduction. As Judith prepares to fly home tonight, the Prime Minister praised her courage.

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Judith Tebbutt from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, who was kidnapped from a beach in Kenya in a raid which left her husband David dead, has been freed by her captors. She was taken in September last year while staying at the Kiwayu Safari Village near the Kenya Somali border.

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