Cumbrian man freed in Algeria

Tony Grisedale, a 60-year-old mechanical engineer from Workington, who was rescued from the BP-run gas plant in Algeria, has returned home safely.

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Statement from hostage's wife

The wife of a man who was taken hostage by terrorists in an Algerian gas plant has released a statement.

Susan Grisedale, the wife of Tony Grisedale, said:

I am obviously very relieved that Tony is safe and well. We are anxious to have him back home. I was delighted to hear his voice when I spoke to him for the first time on Friday morning. He’s the sort of person that will take this in his stride and when he comes home this evening he’ll probably carry on as normal.

My thoughts go out to the other families who are still waiting for news.

– Susan Grisedale, wife of Tony Grisedale

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Workington man thought to be amongst those freed from Algerian gas plant, as crisis "comes to an end"

A man from Workington is believed to be amongst those rescued from the BP-run gas plant in Algeria which was attacked by Islamist gunmen on Wednesday. The worker was said to be unharmed and had been flown to Sicily last night on his way to the UK.

It comes as Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says that the hostage situation "has now been brought to an end" which has resulted in "further loss of life". Speaking at a joint news conference with the US Defence Secretary , he described the loss of life as "appalling and unacceptable"

He added: "We remain in close contact with the Algerian government. We remain determined to defeat terrorism and stand with the Algerian government."